Punjab government has asked the district police chiefs to lodge FIRs against all the ecommerce companies selling/marketing electronic cigarettes despite a complete ban on sale of cigarettes in the state.
On the sale of e-cigarettes in the state, Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani also said that the government will register FIR against ecommerce companies for openly selling e-cigarettes in the state. He also asked for cooperation of people with police to help in registering FIRs against the companies on the basis of bills of e-cigarette products sent by them.
According to the officials, there have been no checks done on the sale of cigarettes through internet.
“Most of our youth are susceptible to the use of computers and have a free access to internet not only in the homes but even in schools and colleges also,” he said.
“To make them aware of the ill-effects of e-cigarettes, government has sought help from NGOs along with authorities of educational institutions advising them to stay away from tobacco and other such products,” Jayani added.
To implement Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) effectively in Punjab, drug inspectors in the state have been directed to initiate complaints against the illegal sale of e-cigarettes, the minister said.