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30 Sep 2019

Protests against a vaping ban in India have only resulted in the Indian government digging in and declaring there will be no lifting of new rules outlawing e-cigarettes.

India recently banned the sale and import of electronic cigarettes, saying a vaping epidemic was gripping its young people.

Protests against the new laws were staged in six cities around the nation, but media reports say only about 400 people attended in total.

Some people reported fearing being targeted by police if they protested.

Local companies have mounted legal challenges in Indian courts against the ban, and international companies Philip Morris and Juul Labs are having to rethink their business models in India.

But nothing has so far swayed the government to change its mind.

With more than 900,000 people dying each year in India due to tobacco-related illnesses, the government says it cannot let vaping lead more people to nicotine addcition.

“There is no question of a rollback,” a health ministry official is reported as saying. India has 106 million adult smokers.

Published: 30 Sep 2019