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Harsh Vardhan for complete ban on e-cigarettes

Barcelona: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has favored a complete ban on e-cigarettes and all products described as "Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)".

Harsh Vardhan ruled out their acceptability in the light of research findings by experts which have held that they are no less unsafe than the "real thing", a statement said here Wednesday.

An e-cigarette, personal vaporizer (PV) or electronic nicotine delivery system is a battery-powered vaporizer which has the feel of tobacco smoking.

The minister, who was addressing global tobacco control experts at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health here Tuesday, said e-cigarettes and similar products push children towards the tobacco habit eventually via nicotine dependence.

"In our national consultation, it has been shown that children and other non-smokers tend to develop nicotine addiction at a rate greater than situations where ENDS did not exist. And after that the slide to tobacco is practically inevitable," he said.

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