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Friday, September 4, 2020

Bad news for gutkha-tobacco enthusiasts in the state, DyCM Nitin Patel gives a big jolt


The ban on gutkha and tobacco in Gujarat has been extended for one year.  State Deputy CM Nitin Patel has made a big announcement today.  Nitin Patel's announcement that drug addicts have suffered a major blow.  With the ban on gutkha and tobacco in Gujarat, the ban on its sale, storage and distribution has remained the same.  No shopkeeper or person will be able to sell gutkha, tobacco within a radius of 100 meters of the educational institution.  Nitin Patel has said that a fine of Rs 11 lakh has been levied in the last three years.  The ban has been imposed in the state under the Food Safety Standards Act-2006.  Adding tobacco or nicotine to food will be prohibited.

 State Deputy CM Nitin Patel made a big announcement today.  According to the announcement, the ban on sale, storage and distribution of gutka, tobacco or nicotine-containing pan masala in the state has been extended for another year.

 Deputy CM Nitin Patel said 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.

 Nitin Patel added that the ban has been imposed under the rules and regulations under the Food Safety Standards Act-2006 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.

 Patel added that 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.

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 On the other hand, the ban on the sale of cigarettes and substances containing tobacco or nicotine within a radius of 100 times of a state educational institution has been strictly enforced by the system.  In the last three years, the food and drug regulatory body of the health department has investigated about 10 thousand firms and collected fines of about Rs 11 lakh.

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