New Delhi, April 13: In the interest of larger public interest, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is planning to ban e-cigarettes, mentioned The Indian Express report. The ministry told a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar of Delhi High Court that nicotine, one of the chief constituents of e-cigarettes is addictive and can cause diseases and increase the chances of miscarriage in pregnant women.

The bench was hearing a plea by Seema Sehgal, a homemaker, who sought directions to the government regarding formulation of a guideline of the sale, supply and consumption of e-cigarettes.

The ministry said that nicotine addiction through e-cigarettes could provoke the consumers to try other tobacco products, the report mentioned. Delhi government also showed the willingness to ban the product.

E-cigarettes are also called electronic cigarettes, e-vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems. These are devices operated through battery and “resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes (cig-a-likes), cigars, or pipes, or even everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks”. People use it to inhale an aerosol, which in most cases contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. There are over 460 various e-cigarette brands that are available in the market, as mentioned in The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH) website.

As claimed, e-cigarettes help smokers quit but there are various controversies surrounding the same. Five states in India– Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala prohibit sales of e-cigarettes. However, there are no restrictions on the sale of combustible cigarettes  in all five states.

In 2017, Vape Expo India — an international exhibition on the electronic devices was not given permit by Delhi government to conduct the trade show in the capital.