- The Delhi government has banned for one year the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco, including “guktha, pan masala, khaini and zarda”, in the national capital.
- The Department of Food Safety on Wednesday issued a notification in this regard.
- According to the notification, unpackaged products of chewable tobacco, too, are covered under the ambit of the ban.
- Health department officials said a notification was issued by Delhi government in September, 2012, in pursuance of a series of directions from Supreme Court for a ban on ‘gutkha’ in the city.
- But since the term ‘gutkha’ was used in that notification, tobacco retailers started selling the components of ‘gutkha’ (betel nut and raw tobacco) in separate pouches, thus defeating the purpose behind the ban on gutkha.
- The health department had, therefore, come up with a new proposal for banning all raw chewable tobacco products in Delhi, a senior official said.