Opinion | Smoke and mirrors around India’s ban on e-cigarettes
While vaping devices are being banned for health reasons, there’s also a pecuniary aspect to it
Last month, the government passed an ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in India. Globally, many countries are evaluating the health risks associated with using e-cigarettes, and India is one of a handful of countries to enforce a complete ban. The ostensible reason is the health risks posed by e-cigarettes and, in particular, the perception among adolescents and the youth that vaping is “cool", making e-cigarettes a potential gateway to smoking regular cigarettes.