Chandigarh, Nov 10- Haryana Police has decided to carry out a month-long special drive, beginning from November 10, to put a check on availability and usage of e-cigarettes and all other forms of electronic nicotine delivery systems across the State.
While stating this here today, Director General of Police, Mr. Manoj Yadava said that the Central government had recently prohibited e-cigarettes through the promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage, and advertisement) Ordinance 2019.
The DGP said that all the Commissioners of Police and district Superintendents of Police have been directed to ensure enforcement of the provisions of the Ordinance in their respective jurisdiction. During the drive, which would last up to December 10, Police will take necessary measures for proper implementation of the provisions of the Ordinance. The extra vigil will be ensured to prevent the use of such banned products in schools, colleges, and other educational institutions. Apart from this, public awareness drive will also be carried in the districts and those who violate the rules will also be punished.
As per the ordinance, e-cigarettes, all forms of electronic nicotine delivery systems, heat not burn products, e-Hookah, and other similar devices pose serious health hazards that have been made a cognizable offense.
Mr. Yadava said that an officer in the rank of Sub-Inspector of Police or above is authorized to conduct search and seizure and take up investigation in this regard. However, individual possession of e-cigarettes for personal consumption is not an offense.
Under the Ordinance, the production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution and advertisement of e-cigarettes is a cognizable offense punishable with imprisonment up to one year or fine up to Rs one lakh or both for the first offense. In addition, subsequent offense may attract imprisonment up to three years and fine up to Rs 5 lakh. In addition, the storage of e-cigarettes will attract imprisonment up to six months or fine up to Rs 50,000 or both.