SC reinforces gutkha ban, says stop selling chewing tobacco
New Delhi: Cracking down on companies which manufacture and sell ‘pan masala’ and tobacco in separate packets to sidestep the Gutkha ban, the Supreme Court on Saturday made clear that it had banned the sale of all kinds of chewing tobacco as well as nicotine.
The court directed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and other authorities to sternly enforce its directions. Underlining rule 2.3.4 of Food Safety and Standards Regulations (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) – 2011, a bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and V Gopala Gowda noted that the prohibition should be brought into effect, immediately.
It may be mentioned that regulation 2.3.4 says that a product must not contain any ingredients which can be injurious to a person's health like nicotine and chewing tobacco.