Karnataka government will ban electronic cigarettes in the state due to a development that it could reduce serious potential health problems, including cancer, caused by e-cigarettes.
It has been taken on the recommendation of the committee on cancer prevention by Health Minister UT Khader.
He said that e-cigarettes imitate the size and shape of cigarettes that contains a cartridge containing liquid, which includes nicotine with up to 36 mg/ml among other chemicals, usually propylene glycol or glycerol.
In a circular from the government, said that the state has knowledge that Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or e-cigarette and other similar products have been sold illegally, including online sale, that they don’t obtain valid license from authority specified by law.
It also stated that the use of nicotine in food products and consumption by public is banned under Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 and Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulation 2011.
“Nicotine is allowed as an aid for de-addiction in nicotine replacement therapy under Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, it is not allowed for any other purpose under law.
“Therefore, the state government hereby prohibits the sale (including online sale), manufacture, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, its parts and components in any shape or size of cartridges containing nicotine in the interest of public,” the circular said.