Over the past few months there has been a lot of media coverage surrounding a “mysterious vaping illness" which originated in - and was limited to - the United States of America. Despite all early evidence pointing to the this illness being caused by adulterated THC (marijuana) vape cartridges, the fear rooted in this “epidemic” was used as one of the justifications for the Indian government’s ban on nicotine-based vaporizers aka Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.
Even as the misinformation and hyperbole surrounding this issue has become prevalent among Indian smokers and vapers, we refrained from issuing a statement on the matter as it was under official review. However, the government agency investigating the issue in the United States - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - has now completed its investigation into the matter and issued the following breakthrough release on November 8, 2019:
“CDC found vitamin E acetate, an additive in some THC-containing products, in all lung fluid samples from 29 patients w/ e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury. Avoid THC-containing products, especially from informal sources.”
The conflation of risk between these two widely different product categories has done tremendous harm and led to the current situation where India’s 100 million plus tobacco smokers are deprived of a safer alternative to smoking. To draw an analogy, since paper is used in the smoking of both tobacco cigarettes as well as illegal drugs, the government claims to have erred on the side of caution by banning paper itself!
Rest assured, alt products do not contain Vitamin E acetate in any shape or form, and all our ingredients are sourced exclusively from US FDA approved manufacturers only.
We at alt. Vapors are actively challenging the ordinance issued by the Government of India to ban vaporizers at the Kolkata High Court, with the next and final round of hearings scheduled to begin on November 14, 2019. This clarification from the CDC is long overdue and much welcomed by consumers and manufacturers of nicotine-based vaporizers alike.
Once again, we thank you for your support and patience as we battle this unjust ban, and are doing everything in our power to make vaporizers legal again. We hope to work with the government to make India a market which sets the global standard for ENDS regulation. Stay tuned.