Indian economist questions the government’s decision to ban e-cigarettes
- Shamika Ravi, a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Council, said the decision didn’t have health or fiscal grounds.
- Finance Minister
Nirmala Sitharamanhad announced the total ban on e-cigarettes in India.
- However, India is not alone, globally flavoured e-cigarettes have been facing a ban.
But the surprise came when one of the members from the Prime Minister’s Economic Council
Why ban when you can tax (heavily)? Banning #ecigarettes while keeping tobacco products is bizarre. Neither health… https://t.co/rCC1CTJjQ5— Shamika Ravi (@ShamikaRavi) 1568814225000
She even asked for new evidence on vaping versus smoking in a follow up tweet.
She’s not alone, scores of Twitter users were perplexed about why there was a ban on e-cigarettes when the tobacco products are the real problem.
Still trying to understand how #ecigarettes are more harmful than tobacco cigarettes, bidis, guthka. If one is bann… https://t.co/duBXGBeGIE— Kalikesh Singh Deo (@DeoKalikesh) 1568834885000
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the ban during a cabinet briefing. "Production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale,distribution, storage and advertisements related to e-cigarettes are all banned in India. It is banned in all these nine forms,” she said.
A large number of e-cigarette models are available in the market today, even though none of them are produced in India.
However, the ban on e-cigarettes is actually a global phenomenon. The United States of America, which is also home to one of the biggest e-cigarette companies
New York became one of the first states in the US to ban flavoured e-cigarettes and was followed by Michigan.