"The decision was made because of the impact that electronic cigarettes have on today's youth," Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a news conference.
"It has become fashionable to try them, use them.
A government-approved decree by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prohibits the manufacture, import or export, transport, storage and sale of electronic cigarettes.
A first offense is punishable by a one-year jail sentence and / or a fine of 1
Electronic cigarettes, which have been classified as "undeniably harmful" in a World Health Organization (WHO) report, have recently been tightened globally, especially in the US.
19659002] The method consists of inhaling vapors generated by heating a liquid in the electronic cigarette to a high temperature, which mainly contains nicotine.
This product has become increasingly popular since its introduction in the mid-2000s.
The case is described by its proponents as far less hazardous to health than traditional cigarettes, but lawmakers and health officials around the world fear that this will eventually lead young people to smoke tobacco.