The Delhi government has banned the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of all forms of chewable tobacco — scented, flavoured or mixed — and sold in other forms such as gutkha, pan masala, khaini and zarda.
In a notification issued by the department of food and safety, the government said the decision has been taken “in the interest of public health”. “The commissioner, food and safety, NCT Delhi, prohibits in the interest of public health for period of one year from the date of publication of this notification in the official gazette, in the NCT Delhi the manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of tobacco,” stated the notification.
Last year, the Delhi government had banned the sale and purchase of gutkha. This year, the health department has said all forms of chewable tobacco have been banned, putting an end to confusion on whether any by-product of gutkha can be sold.