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TN bans pan masala, gutka

PTI Chennai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on May 08, 2013

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The Tamil Nadu Government has banned the production, possession, distribution and sale of tobacco products such as pan masala and gutka in the State.

Some states, including Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, have already banned the sale of pan masala and gutka.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly today, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa referred to the Supreme Court’s remarks in a case pending before it, seeking to know the action taken by state governments in controlling the usage of tobacco and announced the government’s decision.

She also referred to her Government’s notification on November 19, 2011, to ban the use of tobacco under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, for five years, on which the Supreme Court ruled that the Centre alone had the powers to issue such notifications.

Jayalalithaa said her Government had constituted a separate department ‘Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Medical Administration,’ after the Centre announced the Food Safety and Standards Act.

Published on May 08, 2013
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