PERMANENT BAN ON CHEWABLE, GUTKA, PAN MASALA AND OTHER RELATED TOBACCO PRODUCTS
1st February 2023
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Chief Minister’s Office
Secretariat, Chennai 600 009
Sub: Requesting for the permanent ban on Chewable, Gutka, Pan masala and other related Tobacco products- Reg.
We would like to bring into your consideration regarding a serious tobacco control issue currently faced by the State: Lift on the ban- sale of Gutka, Pan masala and the related tobacco products in the State of Tamil Nadu.
Chewable tobacco is one of the major reasons for causing oral cancers in India. Hence, considering the gravity of the issue, lift on the ban can cause serious impact and can terribly weaken the tobacco control mechanisms in the State. Therefore, an immediate step needs to be taken to tackle the issue.
The ban on chewable tobacco products was an annually renewed regulation imposed by the Food Safety Department of the State under the Food Safety (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Act. Therefore, the Order lifting the ban has taken away all the powers of the Food Safety Dept. to impose regulation against the sale of chewable tobacco products.
Hence the only way forward is:
- To introduce an Ordinance for the permanent ban on Gutka, Pan Masala and other chewable tobacco products in Tamil Nadu.
- To enforce a permanent ban within the provisions of Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Smoking and Spitting Act 2002.
Therefore, we request you to immediately take a step forward thereby permanently banning the sale of Gutka, Pan Masala and other related tobacco products across the State of Tamil Nadu.
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