The Rajasthan Government banned both online or offline sale, storage, production, distribution and advertisement of e-cigarettes in the state. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot issued the order on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on May 31.
At a meeting on Thursday,Ghelot said that the ban follows his party’s manifesto to discourage the youth from addiction.
Health minister Raghu Sharma said the government was opposed to the promotion of e-cigarettes as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes.The government had constituted a committee to do a detailed study on rising use of e-cigarettes which highlighted that youths are being misled by advertisements of e-cigarettes as a better alternative to tobacco cigarettes.
Researchers have found that initially many youngsters start smoking e-cigarettes and gradually shift to tobacco cigarettes later in life. Thus the ban would be an important step to curb e-cigarette addiction among youths and will prove effective to discourage them from consumption.
However, questions are being raised that e-cigarettes are banned whereas the sale of tobacco products and cigarettes is allowed. Since smoking tobacco has been found to be more dangerous than e-cigarette this raises questions whether ban is placed to safeguard interests of tobacco lobby. On one hand public smoking of cigarettes is banned in state but no steps have been taken to ban chewing of tobacco.