Delhi HC lifts official prohibition on sale of e-cigarettes and vapes until its next hearing

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The Delhi High Court has lifted the ban on the sale and connected deals of e-cigarettes and vapes, which was issued by DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services) a few days ago.

The opposition to DGHS stated that these products are not falling under drug, neither any of the local, international narcotics, and also the definition of drug clearly explains how it is different from these all if we consider section 3 (b) of the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940.

The opposition said that the use of these is sold as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes, and it is not an effective nicotine delivery system. These devices prevent cigarette smokers to move to safer side considering health against tobacco consumption without any harmful impact to human respiratory system.

The opposition also said that these devices contain no harmful ingredients as like that of tobacco, and the primary reason for these devices is to make consumers to remove their addictions or weakness from traditional tobacco smoking. Hence, sale, purchase, distribution, trade, promotion and commercial of these devices are in the public interest.

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Prachi is an Environmental Analyst. She has experience in Health, Consulting, Equity market, Biophysical Environment and Ecology. She writes reports, tips and tutorials of these fields.

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