Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo) punished the products with up to three years imprisonment for repeat offenses. A mysterious sales stop for Juul in China is only days after the launch of the devices. Lawmakers in the US are constantly tightening up the fight against vapors.
The ban on products is a measure to prevent the use of e-cigarettes in children. suggests that these products act as gateways for non-smokers, especially for teenagers and adolescents. "After the ban, first-time offenders can receive a fine of 100,000 rupees (about 1,400 USD from Wednesday morning) up to a year imprisonment. , or both. However, repeat offenders may receive up to three penalties, a fine of 500,000 rupees (about $ 7,000) or both.
"These novel products have an attractive appearance and multiple flavors, and their use has increased exponentially and has triggered an epidemic in developed countries, especially among adolescents and children," states the policy statement.
The ban, approved on Wednesday, will include components such as pods and cartridges, according to the Indian Ministry of Health . The storage of e-cigarettes and similar products is punishable by imprisonment of up to 6 months, a fine of 50,000 rupees (about 700 USD) or both. Reuters reported that the order still needed the formal approval of the president, but added that "this is usually a formality."
According to Reuters, Juul had recently hired "several" people to fill executive positions as he prepared for an expansion of the Indian market. A Juul spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment on the measure. The news comes, however, as Juul is also confronted with tumult in the Chinese market.
CNBC first reported Wednesday that the sale of Juul products was mysteriously discontinued after it was launched between September 9 and September 9 through online retailers Tmall.com and JD.com 13. Citing a source familiar with the case, Bloomberg reported that Juul had received no justification for suspending the sale.
A Juul spokesperson said in an email to Gizmodo that despite the deadlocked product sales, the company was looking forward to continued dialogue with stakeholders so we could make our products available again.
Our commitment to provide more than 300 million adult smokers in China with a viable alternative to flammable cigarettes " added the spokesman.
In addition to overseas regulation, Juul has been exposed to increased pressure from US regulators Over the last few months, officials have been discussing how best to tackle the rise in e-cigarette consumption among teenagers and children. Last week, President Donald Trump announced that regulators will issue guidelines on the sale of flavored e-cigarette products over the next few weeks.