NICOTINE SCHEDULED UNDER CLASS A
What’s in news?
The State government has amended the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules 2015, notifying nictoine as Class A poison under the rules.
- The rules were amended to strengthen enforcement of the ban on production and sale of electronic cigarettes.
- A gazette notification was published last month and the new rules are now called the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules 2019.
- The ban was imposed after a report on e-cigarettes was submitted by the State Health Department.
- The rules were mooted because the nicotine cartridges and e-cigarettes were illegally smuggled even the manufacturing and sale was banned in June 2016.
- The ban — invoking sections of Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Food Safety Act — also ordered the suspension of all kinds of promotion of e-cigarettes, including online promotion.
- Electronic cigarettes are small battery-operated devices that vaporize liquid nicotine to provide the same experience as smoking tobacco.
- Misleading advertisement:
- The manufacturers advertising the Electronic cigarettes as a way to cut down or cut out cigarette smoking altogether, and sold as aids to quit smoking.
- With these wrongful advertisements, there is rising in popularity among non-smoking adolescents.
What experts says?
- Smoking e-cigarettes, also called vaping, has been marketed as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes.
- The experts say that, e-cigarettes encourage the younger generation to use conventional cigarettes.
- Another study by the researchers of University of Pennsylvania found that, a single e-cigarette can be harmful to the body’s blood vessels even when the vapor is entirely nicotine-free.
- The Centers for Disease Controlannounced that it is opening an investigation into the health effects of smoking e-cigarettes, after nearly 100 teenagers in 14 states reported lung illnesses related to vaping.
- E-cigarettes first appeared on the market in 2007 and in the years since, vaping among teens has skyrocketed.
- E-cigarette manufacturers misuse the clause of nicotine usage for their sale. The manufacturers use 36mg/ml of nicotine in the product which would not aid to help to quit smoking.
- But the nicotine content in the regular cigarettes is in the range of 2 to 1.4 mg/ml.
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