TN bans e-cigarettes, prohibits online sale too

By NT Bureau Published on Sep 14, 2018 06:11 PM IST

Chennai: Clamping down on use of e-cigarettes, the Tamilnadu government has issued a government order banning its manufacture, sale and possession with immediate effect in the State.

'The government...prohibits the manufacture, sale (including online sale), of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), knows as E-Cigarettes or by any other name or component with immediate effect in Tamilnadu,' the order said.

Listing the ill-effects of using e-cigarettes, the GO said it is a myth that it is less harmful than beedis and cigarettes.

The government order (GO) comes after Health Minister C Vijayabaskar's announcement on 14 June this year in the State Assembly that e-cigarettes would be banned.

The ban covers distribution, trade, display, marketing, advertisement, use, import and possession of e-cigarettes as well, the GO dated 3 September said.

The Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine has been instructed to strictly implement the order, the order said.

Listing the ill-effects of using e-cigarettes, the GO said it is a myth that it is less harmful than beedis and cigarettes.