Last July, the government had banned the sale, storage and consumption of nicotine-laced gutkha and paan masala in any form for a year, which was to end Friday (July 19). Patil later said that the government move was prompted by the incidence of oral diseases, including cancer due to consumption of such gutkha and paan masala.

Under the Food Safety & Standards Act, sale of items containing nicotine or tobacco (as in gutkha or paan masala) has been prohibited in the interest of public health, he added.

As many as 26 states have so far banned gutkha and paan masala, besides five union territories.


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