Last week, we detailed how Tamil Nadu has made criminals of vapers for doing nothing more than being in possession of a product that is 95% safer than smoking – and how cigarettes remain legal for sale and use.
The Indian government failed in its bid to implement a national ban, so it wrote to the individual states requesting they carry out bans on a state-by-state basis. Tamil Nadu quickly fell in line behind the states of Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh.
NOTE and Consumer Voice have sent letters to Goa’s chief minister, health minister and the health secretary. The contents state the usual nonsense: that vaping products are used to lure children into a lifetime of nicotine addiction, and act as a gateway into smoking tobacco cigarettes.
NOTE’s Shekhar Salkar spoke to the Times of India: “These newer forms of addiction are destroying the young generations. Before it’s too late, we request our state government to completely ban e-cigarettes in the larger interest of public health and save our citizens from this nicotine menace.”
Ashim Sanyal, Consumer Voice, made himself look a total fool when quoted saying: “Such strong steps and its strict implementation are crucial for saving youngsters from jumping one addiction to another. We sincerely urge the government of Goa to ban e-cigarettes to save precious lives from nicotine addiction.”
When pointed out that Goa is known around the world for its hippies and pot-smoking culture, Association of Vapers India commented: “These NGOs appear okay with that but not with safer alternatives to smoking.”