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Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill

Published on November 28, 2019
Current context: The Lok Sabha passed the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019 on 27th Nov 19.
Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill 
  • The Bill seeks to prohibit the production, trade, transport, storage and advertisement of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
  • As per the bill, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is an electronic device that creates vapour for inhalation by heating a substance containing nicotine and other chemicals.
  • Some important provisions of the bill are:
    1. Imprisonment of up to 3 years, along with a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh will be imposed on a person for a subsequent offence.
    2. No person is allowed to use any place for the storage of any stock of e-cigarettes.
    3. The penalty for storage of e-cigarette is imprisonment for up to 6 months or a fine of Rs 50,000 or both.
  • The Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that it will be difficult to ban the e-cigarette once it have a large consumer base in the country, therefore the bill is a pre-emptive strike to ban before the product gains a large consumer base and social acceptance.

Question: 

Q.1 Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019 prohibit______________ of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in India?
a. Production
b. Trade
c. Transport
d. Storage
e. All the above
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