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Gutkha, pan masala banned in Haryana, says health minister

Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Tuesday said that manufacturing, storage, distribution and sale of gutkha, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco and similar products containing tobacco have been completely banned in the state. The minister said that other products containing tobacco available in market have also been banned.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 09, 2015 13:08 IST
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Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Tuesday said that manufacturing, storage, distribution and sale of gutkha, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco and similar products containing tobacco have been completely banned in the state. The minister said that other products containing tobacco available in market have also been banned.

The food and drugs administration has issued notification in this regard, under which, sale and purchase of tobacco products have been prohibited for a year from September 3, 2015 in the interest of public health.

He said that the ban also covers a mix of other ingredients such as heavy metals, anti-caking agents, except to the extent of specifically permitted as ingredients, silver leaf, binders, flavours, scents, fragrances, prohibited chemicals or any one of these ingredients.

Vij said that nicotine has been added in the list of 19 types of poisons notified under Haryana Poison Possession and Sales Rules, 1966.

After addition of nicotine poison in the list, their number has increased to 20.

Now those selling nicotine would have to follow the same rules which were applicable on those indulged in possession and sales of already notified poisons.