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Call to licence e-smoking

Shalveen Chand
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ELECTRONIC cigarette or e-cigarette retailers will have to be registered and licensed with the Health Ministry.

The Cabinet endorsed the Ministry of Health's Amendments to the Tobacco Control Decree 2010 to regulate e-cigarettes earlier this month.

A Cabinet meeting on October 14 last year reflected its full support and agreed that e-cigarettes should be regulated with special emphasis on the following areas; manufacturers, importers and retailers to be registered and licensed annually, ban on advertising and promotion of the product, ban on the sales to persons under the age of 18 years, and ban on the use of these products in certain public places.

According to a government statement, e-cigarettes were aggressively entering into global, regional and domestic markets with unproven claims of safety and efficacy as smoking cessation aids.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is reviewing the existing evidence around e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) to determine their safety and efficacy.

WHO is also working with national regulatory bodies to look at regularity options as well as toxicology experts to understand more about the impact e-cigarettes may have on health.

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