The Haryana government has completely banned the manufacturing and sale of gutka, pan masala, and other similar products containing tobacco. Health Minister Anil Vij said, "The decision had been taken in view of health of the people."
Vij further added, "The manufacturing, storage, distribution and sale of gutka, pan masala, flavored or scented tobacco, kharra and other similar products containing tobacco have been completely banned. Other products containing tobacco which are available in market are also included in it. The Food and Drugs Administration has issued notification in this regard, under which, sale and purchase of tobacco products have been prohibited for one year from September 3, 2015, in the interest of public health."
The ban also includes mix of other ingredients such as heavy metals and anti-caking agents, except to the extent of specifically permitted ingredients, silver leaf, binders, flavors, scents and fragrances.