E-CIGARETTES (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Health)

News-CRUX-10     4th September 2023        

Context: Recently, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced that France plans to ban disposable electronic cigarettes


  • It is a battery-operated vaporizer designed to emulate the act of tobacco smoking. Its mechanism involves heating a nicotine-infused liquid known as "juice."
  • E-cigarettes encompass potentially hazardous elements, including heavy metals such as lead, volatile organic compounds, and carcinogenic agents.
  • E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not tobacco, they do not fall under the purview of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA). 
  • Composition of an e-cigarette: Nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine, flavorings, and various other chemicals.

Steps of Indian Government

  • Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019: It prohibits production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes.
  • National Health Policy 2017: It sets an ambitious target of reducing tobacco use by 30 per cent by 2025, which has been devised keeping in view the targets for control of NCDs.
  • Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003: The extensive tobacco control legislation seeks to establish smoke-free public areas while simultaneously imposing limitations on tobacco advertising and promotion.
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