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Karnataka’s ban on e-cigs turns into vapour near schools (Relevant for GS Mains Paper III)

E-cigarettes officially banned but its wide availability became a cause of concern for Karnataka govt.
The rise of e-cigarettes, is worrying the State Government’s High Powered Committee on Tobacco Control, as it learns of the trend among school children of its rampant use.

Concerns about rising trend of E-cigarettes
Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) has discovered that some teens have turned e-cigarettes into devices for consuming ‘e-drugs’ such as hashish oil, marijuana wax and cannabis products sold by the black trade in cartridges.

The Committee recently reviewed enforcement on the ban on sale (including online), manufacture, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of e-cigarettes.

While online sales have stopped, e-cigarettes are easily available in petty shops, fancy stores, provision stores and even bakeries. The Committee asked the ADGP (Crime) to step up enforcement.

About E-cigarette
An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that vaporizes a flavored liquid usually made of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine, and flavorings.
The user inhales the vapour. Using e-cigarettes is often called vaping. The fluid in the e-cigarette, called e-liquid.

The health risks of e-cigarettes are uncertain. While they are likely safer than tobacco cigarettes, the long-term health effects are not known. There is early evidence they can help people quit smoking although they have not been proven to work better than safer, regulated nicotine replacement products.



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