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Haryana joins ban trend: Gutkha, pan masala banned

By NewsGram Staff Writer

Chandigarh: The list of banned items seems to be increasing by the day. On Tuesday, the Haryana government announced a ban on the manufacturing and sale of gutka, pan masala, and other similar products which contain tobacco. Such products are now completely banned in the state.

source: downtoearth.org.in
source: downtoearth.org.in

People have mixed reactions on this ban; while some feel that it is a welcome step, there are others who are criticising this move.

Health Minister Anil Vij highlighted that the decision has been taken keeping in view the health of the people.

“The manufacturing, storage, distribution and sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco, kharra and other similar products containing tobacco have been completely banned. Other products containing tobacco which are available in market are also included in it,” he said.

The Food and Drugs Administration has issued a notification in this regard. Vij added that the notice prohibited the sale and purchase of tobacco products for one year starting from September 3 in the interest of public health.

The products under this ban includes a mix of other ingredients such as heavy metals and anti-caking agents, the only exception being specifically permitted ingredients, silver leaf, binders, flavours, scents and fragrances.

(With inputs from IANS)

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