India bans e-cigarettes after string of US deaths

India bans e-cigarettes after string of US deaths

India has become the latest country to ban e-cigarettes after a succession of high-profile deaths in the United States of America were attributed to vaping.
The use of e-cigarettes has been promoted as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco but the announcement is a further blow to an industry estimated to be worth £9.2 billion.
It comes a day after New York became the second American state to ban vaping.
The sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine have been previously banned in several European countries, including Sweden and Norway, as well as in Hong Kong, Japan and Brazil.
Rather than burning tobacco – which contains 7,000 harmful cigarettes – the battery-powered devices heat up a flavoured liquid containing nicotine which then turns into a vapour and is inhaled.
They do not contain ash, tar or carbon monoxide.
However, research into the long-term use of e-cigarettes is fairly limited as they have only been on the market since 2003.
Some studies have found that vaping products can contain carcinogens including formaldehyde and benzene.
Around 120 million Indians smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products but the proportion of users has fallen since 2010. 
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has warned vaping for just a year could cause seizures and lung damage.

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