Kerala government has decided to ban e-cigarettes in the State. The Health Minister of the state KK Shylaja issued orders directing the Additional Chief Secretary (Health) to ban the manufacture, sale, marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes in the State.
State government took the decision after a new study reported that the use of e-cigarettes could lead to cancer and heart diseases. There had been reports that e-cigarettes were becoming very popular among youngsters in the State.
Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy too, in April, written to the Health Secretary to ban the sale of e-cigarettes in the State under the relevant provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules.
This is to mention that e-cigarettes are marketed in the country bypassing all laws as healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes and as an aid to help quit smoking.
But doctors and public experts have been pointing out for long that there is nothing healthy about e-cigarettes, which is basically an electronic form of delivering a mixture of nicotine, glycerin and ethylene glycol, which could in fact be as addictive and harmful as smoking cigarettes.
“These e-cigarettes also contain nicotine at much higher levels as well as other chemicals which are delivered to the lungs in a vaporized form and could be carcinogenic. It can never be a healthy alternative to conventional cigarettes and could in fact set the youth on the path of nicotine addiction,” says an expert.