Advisory on ENDS including e­-Cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah, and the like products : Circular No 46/2018- Customs

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 Advisory on ENDS including e­-Cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah, and the like products. 

Circular No. 46/2018- Customs

F. No. 394/121/2018-Cus(AS)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs
(Anti-Smuggling U nit)

New Delhi, dated 27th November, 2018

To

All Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners of Customs / Customs (Preventive),
All Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners of Customs & CGST,
All  Principal  Commissioners/Commissioners of  Customs / Customs  (Preventive),
All Principal Commissioners /Commissioners of Customs & CGST,
The Director General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence

Madam / Sir,

Subject : Advisory on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) including e­ Cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah, and the like products – reg.

Kind attention is invited to the subject advisory dated 28.08.2018 issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide F.No. P-16012/19/2017-TC. A copy ofthe sa id advisory is enclosed as Annexure -I.

2. Considering the adverse health impact of ENDS/E-Cigarettes and in order to prevent the initiation of nicotine through ENDS by non-smokers and youth , with special attention to vulnerable groups, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued the aforesaid advisory to ensure that any ENDS including e-Cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah, and the like devices that enable nicotine delivery are not sold , manufactured, distributed, traded, imported and advertised, except for the purpose and in the manner and to the extent, as may be approved under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made thereunder.

3. In view of the above, it is requested that all the officers under your jurisdiction may be directed to ensure implementation of the aforesaid advisory  by  referring  import  consignments of ENDS including e-Cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape,  e-Sheesha,  e-Nicotine  Flavoured Hookah, and the like  devices /products to the  Assistant  / Deputy Drugs Controller in their jurisdiction. The Assistant / Deputy Drugs Controllers may thereafter check the compliance of such goods in terms of the  Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made thereunder. Based on the report of the Assistant / Deputy Drugs Controller, non-compliant consignments should not  be allowed clearance and appropriate action should be initiated for violation of provisions of the Allied Act (Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made thereunder).

Difficulties faced, if any, may be brought to the notice of the Board.

Encl: As above

Yours faithfully,

(Rohit Anand)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

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