It smells like a large basket of fruits gone bad. At least, to me. But among the hundreds of nicotine-laced flavours called e-juices on the shelves of one of Delhi’s first vaping shops, this one is the owner, Aalok Awasthi’s favourite. The smell, he says, is sweet-and-sour melon, and so is the experience of being a vape shop owner. Located in Greater Kailash II, South Delhi the shop sits nestled between a burger food stall and a gym equipment store.
Smoke and mirrors
India’s vaping fad: could it go up in smoke?
As Indians start to embrace the new-and-improved cigarette-alternative, a 31-member committee has recommended the government to blanket ban it. And there’s merit to the committee’s argument
A government committee has decided to ban the sale of vaping devices across the country because it contains nicotine, which can be lethal
The 5,000-member Association of Vapers - India is challenging the decision to ban because vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes
But the committee says it would be hard to regulate the sale of cigarettes so banning it is the only option
Since the market for vaping has exploded in India in last one year, would the government be able to implement the ban?