The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra issued notices to 25 importers and sellers of e-cigarettes for violation of the Drug and Cosmetics Act.
Harshadeep Kamble, FDA commissioner, said, "In India, for any kind of medicine to be sold, one has to take permission from the Drugs Controller General of India. The DGCI has not yet approved e-cigarettes that contain liquid nicotine. On this ground, we have sent notices to these agencies."
The FDA action comes in the wake of a growing trend among youngsters using e-cigarettes, which are promoted as devices that help people kick the butt. "Considering that e-cigarettes are addictive and their ill effects on the health of the younger generation especially college students, FDA Maharashtra has decided to curb the illegal trade," said Kamble.
The FDA emphasized that importing, manufacturing, selling and distributing e-cigarettes without permission from DCGI and license from state FDA is illegal and may result in imprisonment of three to five years.
E-cigarettes are slender pencil-like battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals when a user inhales an aerosol.