Punjab bans gutkha

It is the ninth state to do so

By Ankur Paliwal
Published: Tuesday 28 August 2012

The government of Punjab has banned the sale, manufacturing and storage of gutkha, a form of chewing tobacco. The ban includes all food items containing tobacco and nicotine.

“The chief minister of Punjab, Prakash Singh Badal, cleared the file prepared by the state health department, proposing ban on gutkha products, on August 27. We are working on the official notification which will be released soon,” said Rakesh Gupta, assistant director, tobacco control programme, department of health and family welfare, Punjab.

This makes Punjab, ninth state to ban gutkha in the country. The eight states to have banned gutkha are: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana and Jharkhand.

Delhi government, too, is expected to ban gutkha next week. Chewing tobacco has been linked with increasing cases of oral cancer in the country.


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