New Delhi, Nov 20: The Home Ministry has written to the states for enforcement of prohibition on e-cigarettes done through an ordinance.
Further, congruent capacity building and sensitization of the enforcement personnel may be done for effective implementation of the ordinance.
The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Ordinance, 2019, was promulgated on September 18 for banning the production, sale and purchase of electronic cigarettes in the interest of public health.
Sections 4 and 5 of the ordinance provide for prohibition of e-cigarettes while sections 7 and 8 prescribe the punishment for contravention of the provisions.
The ordinance empowers police officers of the rank of Sub-Inspector and above and other officers as stipulated, with powers to enter, search and seize the prohibited items, without warrant under Section 6.