Delhi High Court passed an Order directing the Delhi Government to file an affidavit showing steps taken by them for regulating Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) in the state. The court noted the urgency of the matter by highlighting that many children are picking up ENDS such as e-cigarettes without knowing the harm it can cause to their health.
Suri & Company, an impleader in a PIL seeking regulation of manufacture, sale, import, distribution, storage and advertisement of ENDS made the following submissions before the court:
The Division Bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Hari Shanker closely reviewed each observation and noted the gravity of the problem. The counsel for the Delhi government, Sanjoy Ghose, however submitted that the government has undertaken steps to curb ENDS and is working towards a complete ban. The court asked the government to consider the seriousness of the issue and submit an affidavit through the Chief Secretary mentioning the aforesaid steps.