Taking up a proposal from the Health Ministry, the Union cabinet may, in its meeting on Wednesday, approve an ordinance to ban manufacturing and sale of e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes or "vaping" cigerattes are often marketed as a harmless product to help quit smoking. It does not burn tobacco but heats the liquid chemicals into a vapour or steam that a person inhales. This is the reason it is also called vaping. E-cigarettes are considered harmful to health.

"Given the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, government has decided to ban it. The Union cabinet is expected to take a decision on it," said an official.

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