The Delhi government has banned the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco including gutka, pan masala, khaini and zarda, in the capital for one year.

Consequences of chewing tobacco

  1. Chewable tobacco increases the risk for leukoplakia, a precursory to oral cancer.
  2. Chewable tobacco has been known to cause cancer particularly of the mouth and throat.

Background

The Health Department of Delhi in 2012 notified a ban on Gutka in accordance with directions of the Supreme Court.

Since the term ‘gutka’ was used in the notification, tobacco retailers started selling the component of ‘gutka’ (betel nut and raw tobacco) in separate pouches, thus rendering ban ineffective.

The fresh ban prohibits sale, manufacture, districution, display and storage of all raw chewable tobacco products.