Gujarat government extends gutka ban by a year

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Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel said that the sale, storage and distribution of gutka as well as tobacco or nicotine-containing pan masala is currently banned in the state.  The state government has decided to extend the ban for one more year to improve the health of the citizens.

 He further said that the ban has been imposed under the rules and regulations under the Food Safety Standards Act-2009 and Regulation-2011.  Under which adding tobacco or nicotine to any food item is prohibited.  The presence of tobacco or nicotine in gutka is very harmful to human health.  The decision has been taken to ban gutka to maintain the health of citizens and future generations.

 The state government has decided to ban the sale, storage and distribution of gutka or pan masala which contains tobacco or nicotine.  Strict legal action is taken against those who violate this rule.

 Restrictions on the sale of cigarettes and tobacco or nicotine-containing substances within a radius of 100 times of an educational institution are being strictly enforced by the system. 


 In this regard, in the last three years, about 10 thousand firms have been investigated by the Food and Drug Regulatory Authority of the Health Department and about Rs.  A fine of Rs 11 lakh has been levied.


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