Bengaluru: The state government is contemplating banning cigarettes and bidis, said Health Minister U.T. Khader here on Wednesday.
“Chief Minister Siddaramaiah recently held a meeting to discuss such a ban. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra has been asked to go through the proposal to look for any legal tangles and submit a report. Once the report is presented, we will decide,” he said.
He also announced a complete ban on e-cigarettes in the state with immediate effect. “The state has prohibited the sale (including online sale), manufacture, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of electronic nicotine delivery systems, its parts and components in any shape or size of cartridges. If residents notice e-cigarettes being sold, they can call 104 to alert the agencies concerned,” he said.