as per Ministry of Health of India. Keeping electronic cigarettes and "like products" will be punishable by up to 6 months imprisonment, a fine of Rupees 50,000 (approximately $ 700) or both. Reuters said the order still requires official approval from the president, but added that "this is usually a formality."
According to Reuters, Jul has recently hired "several" people to perform senior executive roles as he prepares to expand into the Indian market. A Juul spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment on the measure. But the news comes when Juul is also facing its Chinese market.
CNBC first reported on Wednesday that the sale of Juul products has been mysteriously halted after it was introduced through online retailers Tmall.com and JD.com between September 9 and September 13. Citing a source, familiar with the matter, Bloomberg announced that Juul had received no reason to stop the sale.
Juul's spokesman told Gizmodo in a statement emailed that although product sales were stagnant, the company would "look forward to a continued dialogue with stakeholders so that we can re-do our products."
"We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing over 300 million adult smokers in China with a viable alternative to combustible cigarettes,"
"the spokesman added.
In addition to overseas regulation, Juul has faced increasing pressure from US regulators in recent months as employees struggle to best manage the increase in e-cigarette use among teens and children . Last week, President Donald Trump announced that regulators would issue guidance in the next "few weeks" on the sale of flavored e-cigarette products.