A- A A+
Last Updated : Jun 5 2020 7:17PM     Screen Reader Access
News Highlights
PM Modi urges people to collectively ensure flora and fauna thrives on mother Earth; Urban Forest Programme launched on World Environment Day            PM Modi pledges USD 15 mn to global vaccines alliance, Gavi            New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System to be India's approach at UNSC: EAM Dr S Jaishankar            Govt to transfer Rs 500 to women account holders of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana for June today            Central teams visit West Bengal to assess damage caused by cyclone Amphan           

National News

Dec 02, 2019
9:39PM

Parliament passes Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019

Tweeted by @rajyasabhatv
Parliament has passed the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019, with the Rajya Sabha approving it today after an elaborate discussion.

The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill.

Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan told the Upper House that the legislation is aimed at ending the menace of e-cigarettes at the beginning itself.

He reasoned that controlling any social evil after allowing it to grow would be challenging. The Minister asserted that the ordinance brought earlier on e-cigarettes was with pious intentions to wean away the country’s youth from the harmful substance.

Dr Harsh Vardhan added that 28 per cent of the people in India are now using one or other forms of tobacco, therefore, an outright ban on all tobacco products at this stage would be challenging.

He said controlling the spread of e-cigarettes at this stage is a must since they come in several flavours and appealing manners, to attract vulnerable segments.

The Minister said global tobacco companies have gone into the manufacture of e-cigarettes as the conventional cigarette industry is facing a decline in sales and turnover.

He also warned that e-cigarette is not a tobacco product but has the ability to bring serious health complications. He also said the intention of the bill is not to criminalize users but to prevent the availability of e-cigarettes and their use in India.

A total of 28 members participated in the discussion on the bill in the Rajya Sabha.

The Prohibition of the Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019 bans production, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisements of e-cigarettes with stringent punishments for any violation. It replaces the ordinance promulgated on the 18th of September this year.

Live Twitter Feed

Listen News

Morning News 5 (Jun) Midday News 5 (Jun) Evening News 4 (Jun) Hourly 5 (Jun) (1800hrs)
समाचार प्रभात 5 (Jun) दोपहर समाचार 5 (Jun) समाचार संध्या 4 (Jun) प्रति घंटा समाचार 5 (Jun) (1810hrs)
Khabarnama (Mor) 5 (Jun) Khabrein(Day) 5 (Jun) Khabrein(Eve) 4 (Jun)
Aaj Savere 5 (Jun) Parikrama 5 (Jun)

Listen Programs

Market Mantra 5 (Jun) Samayki 4 (Jun) Sports Scan 23 (Mar) Spotlight/News Analysis 4 (Jun) Samachar Darshan 22 (Mar) Radio Newsreel 21 (Mar)
    Public Speak

    Country wide 12 (Mar) Surkhiyon Mein 4 (Jun) Charcha Ka Vishai Ha 11 (Mar) Vaad-Samvaad 17 (Mar) Money Talk 17 (Mar) Current Affairs 6 (Mar)
  • Money Matters 22 (Mar)
  • International News 22 (Mar)
  • Press Review 23 (Mar)
  • From the States 23 (Mar)
  • Let's Connect 22 (Mar)
  • 360°- Ek Parivesh 23 (Mar)
  • Know Your Constitution 30 (Jan)
  • Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat 22 (Mar)
  • Sanskriti Darshan 23 (Mar)
  • Fit India New India 23 (Mar)
  • Weather Report 21 (Mar)
  • North East Diaries 22 (Mar)
  • 150 Years of Bapu 22 (Mar)
  • Sector Specific Discussions 22 (Mar)