The Delhi government has banned guktha, pan masala, khaini, zarda and all forms of chewable tobacco for one year the sale. Even purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco is considered illegal for a year.
The Department of Food Safety on Thursday issued a notification in this regard.
According to the notification, unpackaged products of chewable tobacco, too, are covered under the ambit of the ban.
“The manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of tobacco which is either flavoured, scented or mixed… and whether going by the name or form of gutka, pan, masala, flavoured/scented tobacco, kharra, or otherwise… whether packaged or unpackaged and/or sold as one product, or though packaged as separate products, sold or distributed in such manner so as to easily facilitate mixing by the consumer” is prohibited for a period of one year, the notification stated.
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