According to the latest news, India’s National Medical Commission (NMC) has recently implemented a major initiative requiring all medical professionals related to the NMC to obtain information from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). It is prohibited to participate in any research activities related to e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) before obtaining the necessary permission.
"Previously, the E-Cigarette (Production, Manufacturing, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Prohibition Act (PECA, 2019) explicitly banned the use of e-cigarettes, heated tobacco products (HTPs) and similar devices in India. Therefore "All medical professionals associated with the NMC are required to abide by this ban and cannot participate in any research activities on e-cigarettes and HTPs without obtaining the necessary permission from the Director of Health (Dte.GHS) and the Ministry of Family Welfare (MoHFW)," the committee said. So said the notice.
The decision was taken after Atul Goel (director of health services) wrote to NMC chairman BN Gangadhar requesting that the matter be taken up, He raised questions about the involvement of medical professionals in research on e-cigarettes and HTPs.
"I believe the NMC and IMA can play a key role in communicating this directive to members, emphasizing the importance of complying with the ban on e-cigarettes and HTPs, and conducting research responsibly within the medical community," he added.
Previously, the World Health Organization also urged governments to treat e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products and ban all flavors.