The State government of Haryana had urged the Central government to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to ban nicotine which is easily available in the market.
Anil Vij, Haryana Health Minister said he has sent a proposal to Union Health Minister J P Nadda to ban nicotine gum and for amending the Act so that it is not easily available and people are saved from its harmful effects.
Vij said, the provision of relaxation of certain limit of nicotine under the schedule of sales license should be withdrawn.
The state government has already included nicotine in the category of toxins under Haryana Toxic Ownership and Sales Rules, 1996, he added.
Any person or a shopkeeper could take support of the prevailing Act to get or sell nicotine, which is harmful for the society. Therefore, the Central government has been urged to make appropriate amendments in the Act, said Vij.