India bans e-cigarettes citing health hazards

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India on Wednesday banned sale, production, import and distribution of electronic cigarettes.

Making the announcement on Wednesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted how e-cigarettes are being used as a "style statement".

The ban was necessary to ensure e-cigarettes don't become an "epidemic" among children and young adults, she added.

Health officials have proposed jail terms of up to three years, with a penalty of up to ₹5 lakh (around AED 25,700), for repeat offenders.

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