India Bans E-cigarettes


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Dangerous e-cigarettes that people use to smoke electronically with a variety of flavors.

India is the second-largest country in population on Earth, behind China for the title of the most populated country. This southeastern Asian country is trying to make the next generation of its people better and, hopefully, live longer with this one law. India is banning E-Cigarettes.


If this item sounds unfamiliar, an E-Cigarette, otherwise known as a Juul or vape, is an electronic cigarette which may seem less dangerous than the regular cigarettes. However, it could be as harmful or even more harmful than regular cigarettes with the amount of nicotine (which is the addictive substance in the tobacco plant that gives the extra bit of addictiveness) it contains. The fact that it’s electronic and has several different sweet and appealing flavors brings more attention to teens and gets them addicted.


There are many details when it comes to the government’s perspective on this topic. India is looking to help the younger people of this, and following generations live longer and healthier lives. If someone is caught buying E-cigarettes or smuggling them, it could result in a fine of $1,400 or days in prison. Vaping is still legal in India now, but once are done with that E-Cigarette, no one can buy a refill. Although regular cigarettes are allowed, they are highly taxed compared to other items in the country. India has been waiting to make this move for a while, but in August the Indian government made it official. Not only did it change India, but it changed the minds of many governments from other countries. The United States soon took notice of this, and Michigan was the first U.S. state to ban E-Cigarettes in September. New York followed shortly after this.


There are many facts that people who use E-cigarettes are unaware of. One point is that E-cigarettes can contain the same amount of nicotine as regular cigarettes. This is something unknown to many people who are using E-Cigarettes that may think they are healthier than traditional cigarettes. According to a study, 37% of people who smoke E-Cigarettes had no idea that they contained nicotine. From 2011 to 2017, the use of E-Cigarettes went from 1.5% of American high schoolers to 11.7%. Middle schoolers had an increase as well. From 2011 to 2017, middle schoolers who used E-Cigarettes went up from 0.6% to 3.3%. To add to all of this, about 58% of adults who smoke E-cigarettes admitted to also smoking regular cigarettes before they used E-cigarettes. Although these statistics aren’t up to date, people can still assume that these statistics between the United States and India were similar. On top of all of this, some websites don’t ask for age or aren’t secure. This results in people in middle and high school purchasing E-cigarettes. 


Overall, there are many adverse effects from vaping and other reasons why India banned E-Cigarettes. Not only does this help people using it currently get off their addiction, but it also helps children in the future not deal with it. Vaping is not as safe as some may think, and hopefully won’t be an issue in the future.