Health Ministrys proposal to classify ENDS devices as drugs sent to AG

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Health ministry’s proposal to classify ENDS devices including e-cigarettes as “drugs” in order to ban their manufacture, sale, distribution and import, has been sent to the Attorney General for his opinion, officials said Thursday.Banning such alternative smoking devices like e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, vape and e-nicotine flavoured hookah among others, is one of the priorities of the Health ministry in the first 100 days agenda of the second term of the Modi government, an official source said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The proposal which has been approved by the Drug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB), the government’s top advisory body on technical matters related to medicines in the country is now awaiting opinion from the Attorney General,” the source said. The Union Health Ministry’s proposal pertains to classifying ENDS devices including e-cigarettes as “drugs” under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. A high-decibal debate is on globally over the harm-reduction aspects of ENDS with some organisations claiming that these devices help in smoking cessation and are less harmful alternatives to traditional cigarettes, while the government is seeking to ban them contending that they pose health risks to users, similar to those of conventional cigarettes. ENDS are devices that heat a solution to create an aerosol, which also frequently contains flavours, usually dissolved into propylene glycol and glycerin. The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), under the health ministry has proposed that manufacture, sale and distribution of ENDS, including e-cigarettes and similar products, should be prohibited under Section 26A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.last_img read more

Brock hosting Presidential Symposium on Flexible Teaching and Learning

The Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and Service-Learning Resource Centre will partner to host the Presidential Symposium on Flexible Teaching and Learning on Monday, Oct. 6.This professional development opportunity is open to the entire Brock community and will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Pond Inlet. The day will showcase speakers in both the morning and afternoon, with morning discussion focused on online and blended learning.Speakers participating in the morning session include Jeff Stuart, Brock President Jack Lightstone, Dale Bradley, and Camille Rutherford.The afternoon will focus on various aspects of service-learning including engaging students, faculty and community as well as the role of reflective practice in service-learning. The afternoon will feature Mary Beth Raddon, Madelyn Law, Penni LaFleur, and Tim O’Connell.The day will also offer valuable opportunities to deepen the conversation on these topics. Participants wishing to attend are welcome to stay for the full day, or register to participate in the morning or afternoon only.“This forum will offer all members of the Brock community the opportunity to learn more about the innovative pedagogies that many of our instructors have developed and implemented in their courses,” said Anna Lathrop, Brock Vice Provost Teaching and Learning. “We will have a chance to hear about what has worked well, and also, what areas can be improved. I am delighted that the president is hosting and will participate in this inaugural symposium, and that he will be joined by so many outstanding faculty who have first-hand experience in the development and delivery of online, blended and service-learning courses. As Brock continues to prioritize putting students first through outstanding teaching, learning and research contexts, opportunities such as this symposium on flexible teaching and learning will continue to build our institutional capacity and momentum.”For more information about the event and to register, visit the CPI. read more