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Delhi bans chewable tobacco products

Sep 13, 2012

A blanket ban on manufacturing, sale, storage and display of tobacco products like 'gutka' products in India's national capital has come into effect from Thursday. The ban will also include 'pan masalas' and similar products containing nicotine and tobacco.

The Delhi government on Wednesday issued a notification to enforce the ban. The government on Monday had decided to impose the ban as gutka products are health hazard.

Many other states in India like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have already announced ban on gutka products. A similar comprehensive ban came into effect in Gujarat on Wednesday.

Health Minister A K Walia said ban will be implemented by the department of prevention of food adulteration and strict action will be taken against the offenders as per provision of Food Safety and Standards Act.

Officials said violators of the ban may face a maximum jail term of six months and a penalty of Rs 2 lakh.
Finance Department officials said government may incur an annual revenue loss of around Rs 40 crore due to the ban.

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