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Would a vape ban work?

Is the Indian government's ban on e-cigarettes likely to improve public health?

Globally, over 40 million people use vapes or e-cigarettes: battery-powered smoking devices filled with a liquid that contains nicotine, which is then heated into vapours that users inhale.

Vapes are often available in attractive flavours and designs, making them popular with young people, and because they don’t contain tobacco, they are perceived by some as a healthier alternative to smoking.

But many health experts feel they are dangerous, and could also be a gateway to smoking for others. That’s one of the reasons why India, the country with the world’s second-largest number of smokers, has banned vapes, joining many other countries around the world.

Despite this, traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco are still legal here. There is also scepticism about the implementation of the ban, and questions on why the government did not decide to regulate the industry instead.

So is banning vapes the solution, and who are the winners and losers from this decision in India?

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Ritu Malani, respiratory disease and allergy specialist; Aalok Avasthi, vape supplier and store owner; Kanav Kumar, vaper and former smoker

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24 minutes

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