In India, no independent studies have been conducted or regulatory mechanisms put in place on the use of e-cigarettes. It is, however, a signatory to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which calls upon countries to regulate the use of e-cigarettes or ban them altogether. Many activists trace the resistance faced by e-cigarettes in India to the FCTC guidelines.
In July, some media reports, citing anonymous sources from the Health Ministry, said the Union government intended to put a complete ban on e-cigarettes and vaping products. The move came after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in May, backed a total ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), saying such devices become a gateway to smoking and had the potential to get a nonsmoker addicted to nicotine. Vaping, it said, had an impact across the life course, “from womb to the tomb”. On the face of it, the government’s crackdown on e-cigarettes seems counter-intuitive, especially when (..)