January 12, 2021

Govt of Assam extends ban on Gutkha and Pan Masala in State

The Health and Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Assam extended the prohibition order against the manufacture, storage, transportation, display, distribution or sale of Gutkha, Pan Masala or any chewing materials etc. containing tobacco and/or nicotine as ingredients under Regulation 2.3.4. of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011 read with Section 26 of the Food Safety and Standards Acts, 2006,  for a period of 1 (one) year more.

After the continuous demand from the Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum, Assam, for the first time, Commissioner of Food Safety, Assam issued an order imposed a prohibition on the manufacture, storage, transportation, display, distribution or sale of Gutkha, Pan Masala or any chewing materials etc. containing tobacco and/or nicotine.

Notably, on 11th November 2020, Advocate Ajoy Hazarika, Secretary, Consumers' Legal Protection Forum, Assam with a delegation team of Forum meet Monalisa Goswami, Commissioner & Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department who is in the charge of Commissioner of Food Safety, Assam and submitted a memorandum demanded to extend the previous prohibition order for a period of one year more which was expired on 22nd November’2020.

Advocate Ajoy Hazarika, Secretary, Consumers' Legal Protection Forum, Assam thanks Govt. of Assam for this timely extension order and said that in the present Covid-19 epidemic situation, the use of tobacco products is one of the most vulnerable parts as aware by WHO, ICMR, Govt. of India and Govt. of Assam. This extension order will definitely impact on public health of Assam.

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