Punjab bans manufacture of ‘gutka’, some other tobacco products

Chandigarh, Jan 7 (IANS) The Punjab government on Thursday ordered a ban on the manufacturing of ‘gutka’, ‘pan masala’ and processed, flavoured and scented chewing tobacco and any other food products containing tobacco or nicotine in the state with immediate effect

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal ordered the ban on Thursday, said a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office.

“The state government had already issued a notification dated January 1, 2016, banning the storage, sale or distribution of ‘gutka’, ‘pan masala’, processed/flavoured/scented chewing tobacco and any other food products containing tobacco or nicotine as ingredients,” the spokesperson said.

Badal directed the health department to take immediate steps to ensure complete ban on the manufacturing of these products.

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