The Calcutta High Court will hear a matter about e-cigarettes today after the court had on 1 October stayed the ordinance that had banned e-cigarettes. Justice Arindam Sinha had passed the order on the petitions of e-cigarette companies Plume Vapours Pvt Ltd and Woke Vapours Pvt Ltd.
On 18th September the Cabinet approved the Prohibition of E-Cigarettes Ordinance, 2019 that seeks to ban the consumption, production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes. These are battery-operated devices that produce an aerosol by heating a solution containing nicotine, which is the addictive substance in combustible cigarettes. These include all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), Heat-Not-Burn Products, e-Hookah and similar devices. The government’s decision to ban e-cigarettes led to protests in several parts of the country. Scores of vapers, harm reduction advocates, medical professionals and members of the legal fraternity opposed the government’s approval of the ordinance and called for regulation instead of a complete ban.