New Delhi, Nov 22 : A bill to prohibit the production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of electronic cigarettes in the interest of public health to protect the people from harm was introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday.
The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 was introduced by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan in the House.
The Bill seeks to replace the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 which was promulgated on September 18.
The Ordinance inter alia, provides for declaration that it is expedient in the public interest that the Union should take under its control the electronic cigarette industry.
It empowers the authorised officer to enter and search the premises having the packages of electronic cigarettes and seize such stocks or any components thereof.
It provides for punishment for contravention of provisions of the Act with imprisonment which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to Rs 1 lakh or with both. (UNI)