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Panaji: National Organization or Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) and Consumer Voice has urged Goa government to ban sale of e-cigarettes (electronic nicotine  delivery system-ENDS) in the State.

Move Comes after Tamil Nadu government took the historic step and banned the e-cigarettes with immediate effect earlier last week.

“Goa, National organisation for Tobacco Eradication(NOTE)  and Consumer VOICE a voluntary non-government organisation has written a second round of letter to the Chief Minister; Health Minister and Health Secretary of Goa urging to them to ban e-cigarette in the state on the lines of Tamil Nadu,” NOTE India President Dr Shekhar Salkar said in the press note issued today.

 NOTE has been working on tobacco intervention for many years in collaboration with Consumer VOICE- a New Delhi based Consumer Rights NGO.

The letter mentions about the recent advisory issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare dated August 28, 2018 asking all states and UTs to ban the sale of E-cigarettes.

“According to GATS-2 (Global Adult Tobacco Survey) report 9.7 percent of adults in Goa consume tobacco in some form or the other in which 15 percent constitute males and 4.0 percent females. Since e-cigarettes are being used to lure youth in the form of nicotine addiction who then slowly gravitate towards tobacco cigarettes this ban is urgently needed,” he said.

Earlier considering the harmful effects of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), commonly known as E-cigarettes, states of Bihar, Punjab, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Mizoram, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have already banned them.

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