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Since inception it is one of the major areas of our work as we believe that mortality and morbidity associated with tobacco is totally preventable and India has huge tobacco associated health burden.

Pan E- Cigarette Ban in India

At present Shram is spearheading a Pan India E Cigarettes ban as we realize that all tobacco companies are slowly switching to E cig and propagating a false agenda by calling smoking by ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System) as VAPING. These Companies allege that inhalation of nicotine by ENDS is harmless as compared to smoking and hiding the data that ENDS come with their own set of health problems few of them devastating with lots of adverse health outcomes and it can actually be a stepping stone for conventional smoking in teens.


Our Steps against E Cigarettes:-

1- We meet regularly with these anti tobacco officials all over India.
2- Awareness campaign in college and schools against E cigarettes in youth.
3- Awareness campaign in parents regarding adverse effects of E cigarettes.
4- Lodging formal protest against E platforms selling E cigarettes.

Awareness Campaign against Contraband Cigarettes

We have experienced that every time we push cigarettes back by pressurizing Govt to increase taxes on cigarettes, increase size of pictorial warnings on both sides of cigarettes and thereby making them less available, to make them more repulsive by making citizens of India more aware of harm caused by cigarettes, there decreased availability is immediately filled by contraband cigarettes with very low prices as they evade all kinds of duties and taxes i.e. Customs duty, GST, etc in very attractive packs, and without mandatory 85% Health Warning and, therefore, have become very popular particularly amongst the youth. These cigarettes seem to be available in almost every second shop and spreading further at an alarming rate. Since there is no Health Warning on these packs (in some cases warning is in foreign language) these cigarettes also give an impression that these are safer cigarettes. Wide spread availability of smuggled cigarettes without the specified health warnings are against the tobacco control objectives of the Govt., in fact, it nullifies all the good work done so far by the Government.


Our Steps against Contrabands:-

1 Awareness campaign in Railways by constantly making them aware about how Indian railways are being used as medium for smuggling and effective steps that can be taken to stop this menace
2 Awareness campaign in Police and about identification and punitive action that can be taken against dealers of contraband cigarettes
3 Awareness campaign in traders and small shopkeepers about punitive actions slapped on them if they found selling contraband cigarettes and why contrabands are illegal.

5 reasons you’re better off without e-cigarettes

In recent years, e-cigarettes have gained popularity. It may be as a substitute for smoking or a harmless way to fiddle with the idea of smoking. E-cigarettes are commonly known as vape pens, mods, or tank systems. Manufactures promote e-cigs as a convenient alternative to regular cigarettes. However, this is far from true. Read on