Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-15 22:44 Bengaluru: The state government on Wednesday banned the sale on e-cigarettes in Karnataka based on the recommendations of a high-powered committee on tobacco control. According to a committee member, Karnataka is the first state to ban e-cigarettes, in which battery powered cartridges are used to produce a nicotine-laced vapour. “Punjab, Maharashtra and Chandigarh had earlier passed enforcement orders towards unapproved sale of e-cigarettes,” the member said. “The sale of nicotine, apart from tobacco products under Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), is permitted only for tobacco cessation in accordance with the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940,” said Health Minister UT Khader while addressing the media. “However, this clause is being misused by companies. It is unfortunate that e-cigarettes are sold in medical shops and even online,” he added. “We have taken a decision to ban the sale, including online sales, and use of e-cigarettes after getting feedback that youth in the state were getting addicted to e-cigarettes,” said the minister, adding that officials from the Drugs Control Department would strictly enforce the ban with immediate effect.