New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: The Government on Thursday issued an ordinance to ban e-cigarettes, making the production, import, export, transport, sale or advertisements of such "alternative" smoking devices a cognizable offence attracting jail term and fine.

The ordinance also allows authorised officials to conduct searches in premises stating that where such searches are not permissible, authorities may attach properties, stocks of e-cigarettes or records maintained by the manufacturer, producer exporter, transporter, importer, stockist against whom a complaint has been made.

“The production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned,” said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a press conference.

She further said that the decision was taken ‘so that we could take early action with regards to the health of people’.

The Twitter was quick to react on it and criticised the government for its step.

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Asserting that the decision was taken, keeping in mind their impact on the youth of today, Sitharaman on Wednesday quoted data, which she claimed was largely derived from the US' experience, to highlight that there has been a 77.8 percent increase in the use of e-cigarettes among school students and that surprisingly, use of such products by middle school students has also seen a rise of 48.5 percent.

Many science-based journals have already said that nearly 3 million people in US are regular users of e-cigarettes and in a matter of four to five years, between 2011 and 2015-16, there has been over 900 per cent growth in e-cigarettes in US, she said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma