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Delhi government bans sale of chewable tobacco for 1 year

By Ritika Bisht
In Governance Watch
April 15, 2016
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Delhi bans tobaccoThe Delhi government has banned sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco, including gutka, pan masala, khaini and zarda in the city for one year. The Department of Food Safety has issued a notification that stated unpackaged products of chewable tobacco, too, are covered under the ambit of the ban.

“The manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of tobacco which is either flavored, scented or mixed… and whether going by the name or form of gutka, pan, masala, flavored/scented tobacco, kharra, or otherwise… whether packaged or unpackaged and/or sold as one product, or though packaged as separate products, sold or distributed in such manner so as to easily facilitate mixing by the consumer” is prohibited for a period of one year, the notification added.

In September 2012, a notification was issued by Delhi government in pursuance of a series of directions from Supreme Court for a ban on ‘gutka’ in the city. But since the term ‘gutka’ was used in that notification, tobacco retailers started selling the components of gutka (betel nut and raw tobacco) in separate pouches. The health department had, therefore, come up with a new proposal for banning all raw chewable tobacco products in Delhi, a senior official said.