New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday extended its stay on the ban on a Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) order banning the sale, manufacture, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, till August 22, the next date fixed for further hearing.Justice Vibhu Bakhru's decision came on a plea by Litejoy International Pvt Ltd challenging the DGHS' February 22 order on the matter.
Delhi High Court on banning cigarettes
On March 18, the court had stayed the order on the ban on ENDS till May 17. On Friday, it extended the stay till August 22. The court also granted more time to the Centre to file a reply to the plea.The court also heard a bunch of petitions filed by ENDS manufacturers and importers challenging a circular dated November 27 2018.
This circular has directed to the state licensing authorities to ensure that ENDS, including e-cigarettes, Heat-not-burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah and similar devices that enable nicotine delivery are not sold (including online), manufactured distributed, traded, imported and advertised in their jurisdictions, "except for the purpose and in the manner and to the extent, as may be approved under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
In November 2018, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) directed customs officials to refer all ENDS import shipments to the Regional Drug Controllers to check for compliance under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
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