Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the ban Wednesday, saying it covers "e-cigarette production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage, and advertisement," reports CNN.
An emergency ordinance will be issued in a few days, and will be converted into law during the next Parliament session, per CNN. Those who violate the ban could face one year of prison time, a $1,400 fine, or both.
Sitharaman said the move was an effort to control the potential "epidemic." Vaping is slowly gaining popularity in India, NDTV reports.
Seven people in the U.S. have died from vaping-related illnesses, and hundreds are being treated for lung illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes, CNN reports. Sitharaman said the U.S. deaths had compounded local fears about the devices, contributing to the decision to ban them outright to reduce risk. Read more at CNN. Taylor Watson