Up in Smoke

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Ear­lier this month, In­dia joined Brazil and Thai­land in ban­ning the sale of e-ci­garettes. The gov­ern­ment warned that va­p­ing, the grow­ing use of e-ci­garettes, could “se­ri­ously un­der­mine and de­rail” its ef­forts to cur­tail tobacco use in the coun­try. There is grow­ing con­cern around the world about the health ef­fects of e-ci­garettes. Va­p­ing is of­ten mar­keted as a way to wean off smok­ers, though there is lit­tle ev­i­dence to sug­gest it has such an ef­fect. An In­dian va­p­ing in­dus­try body main­tains that e-ci­garettes are safer, and that the gov­ern­ment, which owns a sig­nif­i­cant part of ITC, the mar­ket leader among In­dian cig­a­rette-mak­ers, ben­e­fits fi­nan­cially from the ban. This seems far-fetched when the In­dian gov­ern­ment is hardly alone in its ac­tions.

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