Sale of All Forms of Chewable Tobacco Has Been Banned by the Delhi Government for 1 Year

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The manufacture, distribution, storage and sale of all forms of chewable tobacco have been banned by the Delhi government for one year in the attention of public health, including:

  1. Scented
  2. Flavored or mixed
  3. Gutkha
  4. Pan masala
  5. Khaini
  6. Zarda
  • Delhi Department of Food Safety has issue an official notification regarding to this ban and it will also cover loose products of chewable tobacco within the ambit of the ban.
  • The ban will be legal for one year from the date of publication of this notification in the official gazette.

Background

  • This notification was issued based on order issued earlier in September 2012 which had banned on ‘gutkha’ in the NCT Delhi based on a series of directions from Supreme Court.
  • But tobacco sellers defied the notification as the term ‘gutkha’ so they continue selling of the components of ‘gutkha’ (betel nut and raw tobacco) in separate pouches.

About Chewing Tobacco

  • Tobacco is prepared from the leaves of the tobacco plant by curing them.
  • The plant is part of the genus and of the Solanaceae family. Nicotiana
  • Chewing tobacco is a type of smokeless tobacco product spent by insertion a portion of the tobacco between the cheek and gum or upper lip teeth and chewing.
  • It is not ground and must be manually crushed with the teeth to release favour and nicotine unlike as plummeting tobacco.
  • Chewing tobacco is characteristically manufactured as several variations of product such as: loose leaf, pellets and “plug”.
  • Oral and spit tobacco has the risk for leukoplakia, a precursor to oral cancer particularly of the mouth and throat.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 18, 2016