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E-cigarette Seller in India Gets Fined $1500 and 3-Years in Jail

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Disturbing news emerged last week from India, where an e-cigarette seller was sentenced to 3 years in jail, simply for selling e-cigarettes. He was allegedly in breach of a law from 1940 that sees e-cigarettes as unapproved drugs.  

The Tribune Newspaper from India wrote, “Considering the plea of the convict, from whose shop an e-cigarette with eight cartridges was found during an inspection by a Drugs Inspector on July 3, 2014, the court ordered, “So, keeping in view the age, antecedents and character of the convict as well as the gravity and nature of the offence committed by him, he will undergo three years of rigorous imprisonment and pay Rs 1 lakh fine (roughly the equivalent to $1500) under Section 27(b)(ii) read with Section 18(c) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and one-year RI under Section 28 read with Section 18A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.” 

Currently on bail with a month to appeal, the judge noted, “E-cigarette contains nicotine in chemical form, which is highly addictive and potentially lethal. The youth take to such kind of addictive and potentially lethal products, and the offenders involved in promoting and selling such products should be dealt with sternly by law for the welfare of the society.” 

The Indian Health Secretary is no fan of e-cigarettes and has called claims regarding e-cigarettes as less harmful than tobacco as a farce. 

This is disturbing news, especially in light of recent changes in Scotland, where e-cigarettes are now allowed on some Hospital grounds, and as we all know by now, Public Health England see them as far, far less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.

25th April 2016, 9:58