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State bans sale of e-cigarettes

The government of Karnataka has banned the sale of e-cigarettes in the state, effective immediately, newspaper The Times of India reported.

The decision announced today follows the recommendation of the state’s Minister for Health and Family Welfare, U T Khader, who said a study on e-cigarettes conducted by a committee together with an NGO found that youth were becoming addicted to the products, the newspaper reported.

“The state hereby prohibits the sale (including online sale), manufacture, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, its parts and components in any shape or size of cartridges containing nicotine in the interest of the public,” the newspaper quoted a government notice as saying.

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