Tobacco products banned in Uttarakhand

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 01, 2013 19:30 hrs

The ban on the sale of gutkha, pan masala and other chewing tobacco-based products in Uttarakhand came into effect from Tuesday.

“This is a comprehensive ban on the sale, stocking and production of gutkha and all other tobacco chewing products in Uttarakhand,” a top government official said.

Most of the shopkeepers and vendors in Dehradun city, said they were not selling gutkha or any other tobbaco-based products anymore.

Health Minister Surinder Singh Negi said the government would strictly enforce the ban on the sale of gutkha and similar products in the state.

Official sources said a move is afoot to impose a fine of up to Rs 2 lakh on anyone found selling tobacco-based products in the state.

In October last year, the health department had decided to ban the sale of gutkha in the state.

But within hours, the state cabinet deferred the decision till December 31, following representations made by traders to clear piled up stocks.

The ban on tobacco-based products was welcomed by social activists.

“This is a good decision which should also be strictly enforced. The wrappers or pouches of gutkha were also spoiling our environment,” said Avadash Kaushal, a renowned environmentalist.

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