The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), which regulates aviation security in the country, has banned e-cigarettes and similar products from all the airports and aircraft in India.
The order identifies e-cigarettes as all forms of electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), heat not burn products, e-hookah and the like devices under the category of e-cigarettes.
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As a result, airports across the country are now prohibited from the distribution, sale, storage, or advertisement of these products. The ban also extends to airlines that are departing or arriving into India. Failure to comply with the new rules can lead to up to one year of jail term, along with a fine of Rs. 1 lakh.
Prior to the new rule, such items were accepted on-board an aircraft provided they were in the cabin baggage and remained unused at all times during the flight.
This ban comes after the production, manufacture and advertisement of e-cigarettes was banned last September in the country.