Haryana government will impose a complete ban on food articles containing nicotine and tobacco from August 15, an official said on Sunday.
Haryana food and drug administration commissioner Rakesh Gupta said: "The ban covers all food products containing tobacco and nicotine, which are sold in the market under names like gutkha and pan masala. It is being imposed in the interest of public health."
After inaugurating a workshop on 'Prohibition of Food Articles Containing Tobacco and Nicotine' in Panchkula, Gupta said tobacco was the foremost preventable cause of death and disease in the world today. "The Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, enacted by the central government, prohibits the sale and manufacture of such products as they are injurious to health," he added.
He said Haryana had already imposed a ban on hookah bars after shutting down more than 60 bars offering hookah, or water pipes, with nicotine.