The Delhi government has extended the ban on the manufacture, storage, sale or distribution of gutkha, pan masala and any other tobacco products for one year in the national capital.
The notification of the ban has been issued by the Food Safety Department.
"Commissioner (Food Safety), National Capital Territory of Delhi, prohibits in the interest of public health for a period of one year in NCT the manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of tobacco which is either flavoured, scented or mixed with any of the said additives, and whether going by the name or form of gutkha, pan masala, flavoured/scented tobacco, kharra..." it stated.
In March 2015, the Delhi government came out with the directive and ran campaigns on a large scale to educate the masses about the ban and harmful effects of chewable tobacco. However, no such ban was enforced on cigarettes in the capital.