J&K government on Monday imposed complete ban on manufacture, consumption and sale of e-cigarettes in any form in a bid to discourage tobacco consumption here.
As per a circular (HD/Coord/27/2017 ) issued by government, “sale (including online sale), manufacture, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS)/e-Cigarettes” has been banned completely in J&K with immediate effect.” The move, as per a statement issued by directorate of health services Kashmir (DHSK), was intended at discouraging consumption of tobacco products.
Minister for health & medical education Bali Bhagat said that J&K was the fifth state in the country to implement such ban. He said that the decision was a landmark moment in anti-tobacco measures initiated by the government. Minister of State for health & medical education Asiea Naqash also praised the step and said that government was committed to strengthening tobacco control measures across state.
Commissioner secretary health & medical education department Dr Pawan Kotwal said that thwarting availability of e-cigarettes would help government curtail the use of such products which were gaining popularity among school going children. He said that school children have been known to buy e-cigarettes mostly through online shopping portals.
Dr Saleem-Ur-Rehman, director health services Kashmir, who heads state tobacco control cell said the department will use effective strategies to ensure tobacco control and involve key stakeholders in the initiatives.