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Govt bans e-cigarettes and e-hookas, announces jail term and fine for violations

In a major decision, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to ban production, export, import and distribution of e-cigarettes.
New Delhi: In a major decision, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to ban production, export, import and distribution of e-cigarettes.
Announcing the decision, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, ”The Union Cabinet has given the approval to ban e-cigarettes. It means the production, manufacturing, import/export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising related to e-cigarettes are banned.”
”Reports say that there are some who are probably getting into the habit of e-cigarettes as it seems cool. It is believed that there are more than 400 brands, none of which is manufactured yet in India. And they come in over 150 flavours,” the FM said.
The FM further said that violation of rules may attract a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh or 1 year in jail or both.
Fine for repeat offenders will be Rs 5 lakh or three years in jail or both.
Among other key decision, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced 78 days salary as bonus for them.
The decision is likely to benefit 11,52,000 employees of the Indian Railways.
”For 11 lakh railway employees, this government has consistently worked for last 6 years, being giving record bonus, equivalent to the wage of 78 days. This year also, 11,52,000 employees will get 78 days wage as bonus. This is the reward for productivity,” the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar said.
Javadekar made this announcement during a press briefing after a meeting of the Union Cabinet.
The I&B minister said that the government Rs 2024 crore will be spent on this.
”The Narendra Modi-led NDA government is giving the bonus for 6th time in a row,” the I&B Minister said.
The Union Cabinet today approved 78 days’ of wages as bonus for Railway employees. It will lead to outgo of over ₹2,000 crore.
Here are the key decisions taken by the Union Cabinet today:
-Railway employees to get 78 days’ bonus
-It will lead to outgo of over ₹2,024 crore
-This will benefit over 11 lakh Railway employees
-Cabinet also banned e-cigarettes
-Production, export, import and distribution of e-cigarettes banned.

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