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In spite of ban, tobacco vendors openly selling tobacco products at rly station

Even after the ban on the sale of tobacco products like gutkha and pan masala by the state government, vendors are openly selling these products at the entry gate of the city rail railway station.

punjab Updated: Sep 14, 2014 18:21 IST
Sukhpreet Singh

Even after the ban on the sale of tobacco products like gutkha and pan masala by the state government, vendors are openly selling these products at the entry gate of the city rail railway station.

“Thousands of people and tourists visit the railway station every day. Authorities are setting a wrong example by allowing these vendors to sell tobacco products here. It's pathetic as people who chew these products generally spit here and there,” said a local.

“In absence of checks, these vendors have not even installed statutory warning on signboards,” he added.Anuj Joshi, a visitor at the railway station, said, “In addition to flouting the norms, they are also responsible for polluting environment. Authorities should take strict action against them.”

It is worth mentioning the state government had in August 2012 banned the sale, storage, manufacture and distribution of chewing tobacco products, including gutkha and pan masala, under regulation 2.3.4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations of 2011, under the Food Safety and Standard Act.

At present, gutkha products have been banned in 23 states and five union territories in India.

Ravinder Sharma, superintendent at railway station, said, “The sale of tobacco products has been banned in the state. We will take strict action against vendors who will be found flouting norms.”

Bad effects on our health

Consuming tobacco products can have bad effects on our health and can cause bad breath, stained teeth, ulcers, cavities, high blood pressure and oral cancer.

Tobacco ruins sense of taste and smell, sores our mouth, decreases athletic ability and can cause dizziness and nausea.

People having tobacco products for long time can suffer from leukoplakia, a mouth disease characterised by white patches and oral lesions on the cheeks, gums or tongue, cancer of the mouth, heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.