Even as debate continues on whether the use of electronic cigarettes is safer than smoking cigarettes itself, India's cabinet has announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes, saying they pose a risk to health.
India is not the only country that has taken a tough stand on e-cigarettes. Regulation of electronic cigarettes varies across countries and states, ranging from no regulation to banning them entirely.
For instance, e-cigarettes are illegal in Japan, forcing the market to use heat-not-burn tobacco products for cigarette alternatives. Others have introduced strict restrictions and some have licensed devices as medicines such as in the UK. However, as of February 2018, there is no e-cigarette device that has been given a medical license that is commercially sold or available by prescription in the UK.
As of 2015, around two thirds of major nations have regulated e-cigarettes in some way. Because of the potential relationship with tobacco laws and medical drug policies, e-cigarette legislation is being debated in many countries.
Here’s a look at countries where electronic cigarettes are regulated