new Delhi. The Government of Gujarat on Friday again banned the sale, stocking, production and distribution of gutkha, as well as tobacco and nicotine-rich products (nicotine-rich products) for another year. The ban on these products was imposed in 2012 by the then Chief Minister and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Today this order has been issued by the state Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Nitin Patel.
Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Nitin Patel said, “There is a ban on tobacco and nicotine-containing gutkha and paan masala in the state, where stocking, production and distribution of these products is prohibited. Keeping in mind the public health, the government has decided to extend the ban for another year. ”
Patel said that in order to maintain the health of citizens and the next generation, we have to mandate ban on gutkha, pan masala and tobacco products in the state.
Patel said that a law prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products within a hundred yards of educational institutions and schools is being strictly enforced in the state. Patel said, “We have recovered a fine of eleven lakh rupees from about 10,000 violators of this law in three years from the raids conducted by the Food and Drug Control Authority (FDCA).
The then Narendra Modi government in Gujarat banned gutkha and pan masala products on 11 September 2012. Since then every year the state government has been increasing the ban for a period of one year.