534: The debate behind the e-cigarette ban


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Two days ago, the Union Cabinet had approved an ordinance banning production, import, distribution and sale of electronic cigarettes. With their sleek designs and fun flavours, e cigarettes have become a commercial hit across the world. So the Centre claims the decision to ban e-cigarettes was taken as they were a health risk to the youth. What are the health risks of e-cigarettes? Why ban something that potentially helps smokers quit tobacco, when it could be regulated? Who benefits from this ban? On this episode, we examine the many arguments for and against the ban with Abantika Ghosh, who reports on health for the Indian Express bureau, and Prabha Raghavan, who covers pharmaceuticals for the Indian Express' business bureau. Last, we discuss what the e-cigarette industry's opposition to the ban is based on.

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