Indian Tobacco Farmers Appeal to Government to Ban E-CigarettesSeptember 17, 2019 16:17
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Indian farmers’ representative organization Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has appealed to the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to ban e-cigarettes and vaping products in the country.
BKU Chief Jagjit Singh Dallewala in a statement on Tuesday said if e-cigarettes are allowed in India, it will have a devastating effect on the Indian tobacco farmers as the e-cigarette firms who are trying to set up shops in India are from foreign origin and do not use Indian tobacco. He also emphasized that the countries that these e-cigarettes belong to, like the United States, have also banned them.
The BKU said more than 30 countries including Tobacco growing countries have already banned e-cigarettes and vaping products items and more are planning to ban them.
Tobacco growing countries such as Thailand, Nepal, Brazil, Mexico, and Sri Lanka have placed a ban these products to save the livelihoods of their farmers.
The BKU has alleged that extraction of nicotine from tobacco is done outside India and even the tobacco used is grown outside India, the raw material used to produce nicotine is the tobacco dust, manufactured while processing chewing and beedi tobacco. The farmers do not produce any fresh quantity of tobacco to extract nicotine.
The BKU has alleged that some companies have a vested interest and are making an effort to mislead the government.
By Sowmya Sangam