India moved this week to ban e-cigarettes in a move that will see illegal use of the products that can be punishable by up to three years in prison for repeated offenses. Separately, a mysterious stop at Juul sales in China comes just days after the units were introduced to the market. All the time, US lawmakers are increasing the outbreak of gunfire.
The ban on products comes as a measure to prevent the use of e-cigarettes among children, the government said in a statement, citing research that "suggests that these products can act as gateway products to induce non-smokers, under the ban, first offenders can receive up to one year in prison, a fine of 100,000 rupees (about $ 1400 per Wednesday morning), or both. However, repeat offenders can receive up to three penalties, a fine of 500,000 rupees ( about $ 7,000), or both.
"These new products have attractive looks and more flavors, and their use has increased exponentially and has gained epidemic proportions in developed countries, especially among youth and children," states in The government's statement
The ban, which was approved on Wednesday, will include components such as belts and cartridges, according to the Ministry of Health of India. Roots can be punished with up to 6 months in prison, a fine of 50,000 rupees (about $ 700), or both. Reuters reported that the order still requires formal approval from the president, but added that "this is typically a formality."
According to Reuters, Juul had recently hired "several" people to fill top leadership roles as they prepared to expand into the market in India. A Juul spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment on the measure. But the news comes when Juul is also facing violence in the Chinese market.
CNBC first reported on Wednesday that sales of Juul products were mysteriously halted after being introduced through online retailers Tmall.com and JD.com between September 9 and September. 13. Citing a source familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported that Juul was not given any justification for the sales suspension.
A Juul spokesman told Gizmodo in an email statement that even though product sales have stopped, the company will "look forward to continued stakeholder dialogue so that we can make our products available again."
"We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide more than 300 million adult smokers in China with a viable alternative to combustible cigarettes, " added the spokesperson.
In addition to overseas regulation, Juul has faced increased pressure from US regulatory agencies over the past few months as officials struggle with how they can best handle the increase in e-cigarette use among teens and children. Last week, President Donald Trump announced that regulators will provide guidance during the the next "couple of weeks" regarding the sale of flavored e-cigarette products.