Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
3) What are E-cigarettes? Discuss the associated concerns and relevance of the recent ban placed on them by the government of India.(250 words)
Why this question:
The Union Cabinet recently approved a ban on all forms of electronic cigarettes including Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS), amid growing fears over the health risks posed by vaping. The ban has been approved following the recommendations of a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the Finance Minister.
Key demand of the question:
The answer should discuss in detail the coming of the ban of e-cigarettes and the relevance of such a decision.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Define what e-cigarettes are.
Explain the coming of the ban, then move on to discuss the significance that once the ban comes into force, consumption, production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes would become illegal and any violation would be treated as a cognizable offence punishable with imprisonment of up to one year, or fine up to ₹1 lakh, or both for the first offence; and imprisonment of up to three years and fine up to ₹5 lakh for a subsequent offence.
Analyse the pros and cons of such a decision.
Conclude with way forward.