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Kohima, 8 January (MTNews): Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) has informed all schools registered under NBSE that, as per the letter dated 28 December 2023 from the Ministry of Education, Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of India, the Government of India has prohibited electronic cigarettes and like devices vide Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Act 2019, in the interest of public health.

Electronic cigarettes pose serious health risks, particularly among young children and also these devices are readily available through online stores and local vendors which have been considered as a matter of grave concern. It has also been informed that such devices are being sold at convenience or at stationery stores near Educational Institutions, which is resulting in easy access for young children to such products.

Therefore, all heads of registered institutions have been requested to take suitable steps, to educate and sensitize students and teachers about the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes and the prohibition of electronic cigarettes.

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