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City-based e-cigarette wholesale company moved to Calcutta High Court challenging the Centre’s decision

A Kolkata-based electronic cigarette wholesale company moved the Calcutta HC challenging the Centre’s decision to ban such alternative smoking devices, terming it is arbitrary, discriminatory, excessive and drastic.

Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed before Justice Arindam Sinha that the ban violates fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14 (Equality before law), 19 (Protection of rights) and 21 (Protection of life and personal liberty) of the Constitution.

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E-cigarettes have a negligible quantity of carcinogen, whereas combustible tobacco products have a much higher carcinogenic material, he submitted.

Justice Sinha adjourned hearing in the matter till Monday when the counsel for another e-cigarette wholesale company will make submissions challenging the government’s decision

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