Monday February 24, 2020

Banning e-cigarettes But Not Tobacco is Contradictory: Industry

Studies conducted by Public Health England, Cancer Research UK and the Royal College of Physicians have observed “that vaping is at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking and is of negligible risk to bystanders,” she said

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FILE - A customer exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York, Feb. 20, 2014. VOA

Even as Gujarat on Wednesday joined an increasing number of states banning e-cigarettes, a country-wide association of importers, distributors, and marketers of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) device have called upon the Union Health Ministry not to rush into a national ban unilaterally without examining the facts and consulting stakeholders.

The association, Trade Representatives of ENDS in India (TRENDS), found it ironical that several states and even the Centre were considering a ban on e-cigarettes while actual tobacco, cigarette and beedi sales was officially open, though these products were proven to be severely injurious to health.

Praveen Rikhy, convener of TRENDS asserted in a memorandum submitted to the Union Health Ministry that, “Asking for a ban on e-cigarettes and not cigarettes or beedis would mean asking for a ban on a less harmful nicotine delivery system while allowing a more harmful one free market availability”.

“This is fundamentally unsustainable as a policy or a public health imperative or even in law and consumer rights. This is also in stark contrast and regressive when compared with the fact that developed economies are regulating ENDS and many see the category as complementary to their tobacco control goals,” she added.

Rikhy went on, “Today, all G7 countries and 34 out of 36 OECD countries have regulated and formalised sale, distribution, marketing and manufacture of ENDS”.

“A ban will end up opening up the black market and create room for substandard unregulated products. It would be of utmost importance to the Health Ministry to not be seen as creating such a market scenario”, she added.

The association on Tuesday evening made a submission to this effect to Secretary of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with a copy to Union Health Minister Harshvardhan. It said the concerns were based on recent media reports suggesting that the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) was likely to move a proposal to prohibit the manufacture, import, sale and distribution of ENDS, including e-cigarettes, as well as their import under Sections 26A and 10A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

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FILE – An anti-tobacco warning is seen on a road divider on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Nov. 4, 2016. VOA

The TRENDS stated that these devices were not “drugs” as they are not promoted or intended to be of any therapeutic value. “They do not mitigate or prevent smoking but are an option for a habitual smoker who would like to switch to a non-combustible version.”

ENDS are micro-battery-powered devices, commonly known as e-cigarettes that simulate the sensation of smoking.

According to the association, during “the last few years, these products have emerged as a viable substitute to combustible cigarettes as they do not contain tobacco and do not involve combustion, and consequently, have significantly lower or negligible tobacco residue (commonly ‘tar’), carbon monoxide or other known carcinogens that are present in cigarette smoke.”

Rikhy said: “We believe that strong reasons exist for the government to re-examine its stand vis-à-vis ENDS. We would request the government to objectively consider the benefits and harms related to the product and initiate open consultation, which will help to better inform its decision for the ENDS category”.

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“We are also ethically committed not to market our products to minors and pregnant women and are ready to work with the Indian Government to ensure enforcement of legal purchase age and valid label warnings, training and awareness against harmful use.”

Studies conducted by Public Health England, Cancer Research UK and the Royal College of Physicians have observed “that vaping is at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking and is of negligible risk to bystanders,” she said. (IANS)

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Upcoming Events in India

Know about the upcoming mega-events in India

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India organizes several events every year and these events are followed by some trends to hype up the event industry. Wikimedia Commons

India organizes several events every year and these events are followed by some trends to hype up the event industry, these trends are bang on and help in making the event successful. These trends keep on changing from time to time, but there are some trends which are evergreen and some are just for the time being. 

Indian markets are growing rapidly with the new industries and brands coming up, and these industries and brands conduct different events to gain interactive experience and popularity. The events in India are categorised into:

  • Entertainment Events- award ceremony, promotions, music or video release, gaming, etc.
  • Corporate Events- seminars, conferences, training programs, etc.
  • Social Events- birthday parties, weddings, get together, etc.
  • Educational Events- TEDx, community service, etc.

Let’s discuss about some of the events taking place in India.

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TEDx is an educational events that takes place in various parts of India and the world. Wikimedia Commons

IPL- Indian Premier League

IPL tops the list of commercial events in India and is the biggest and most popular cricket league. Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) was the founder of IPL. The first event of IPL was organized in 2008 and since then it has grown leaps and bounds in popularity among the masses. IPL follows the Twenty20 cricket pattern and is played in the month of March or April and May. 

This is a franchisee based cricket league with eight teams which represent eight different cities in India. International cricket players also participate in this event. IPL became the first sporting event to be broadcasted live on YOUTUBE, in 2010. IPL has completed twelve seasons of the event and Mumbai Indians are the current title holders who the tournament in 2019.

SUNBURN

SUNBURN which is owned by Percept Ltd. started from Vagator beach, Goa in 2007, is now Asia’s largest music festival. It is a commercial Live EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival in India, with a huge fan following, organized in Goa and Pune. Sunburn also organizes many concerts in IIMs, IITs, IISERs and many other colleges which helps the EDM craze grow among the teenagers and portrays an evolving modern change throughout Indian colleges. More than 100 international artists and DJs participate and play live in the main Sunburn event which takes place by the end of December. Sunburn gets an enthusiastic participation for this pandemonium of fun, food, music and frolic.

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IPL tops the list of commercial events in India.

IGX- INDIAN GAMING EXPO

IGX is one of the largest gaming festival of India featuring IGX battles, cosplay, performances (like live gaming, music, stand-up comedy, etc.), workshops, panels, product launches, first look of games to be launched, experience of VR multiplayer, racing simulation and board games and exclusively the block buster games and latest hardware. It has been more than 3years now since the event is being organised and its visitors count is nearing the 100,000 mark. The distinct features of the event which make it sought after are its gaming cosplay and interaction of gamers, prospective and aspiring students with the representatives of universities and colleges in the field of computer games. The games offered in events like IGX are only for entertainment with no real money involved as gambling is restricted in India except for lotteries and horse racing. But you can enjoy the gaming experience at the brick and mortar casinos in Goa, Sikkim and Daman.

Even though Indian casinos cannot promote online casino games, and the situation with online betting in India is not 100% clear. Officially, betting and gambling are illegal in India. However, no laws specifically make online betting illegal, and there are numerous offshore betting platforms that accept bets from Indian citizens.

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Conclusion

Above we have discussed just a few events happening in India of different genres. There are many other commercial events, sports events, non-commercial events like ISL, Pro Kabaddi League, Pro Wrestling League, NH7 Weekender, India Bike Week, ESL, Dream Hack, Phoenix Gaming Expo(PGX), etc happening on a large scale all-round the year. All these events are done on a big scale to build an image, for a better interaction with interested prospects and to gain popularity.