7-13% children aged 10-15years
consume smokeless tobacco products, while 3 out of 4 adults use these products with
1 of them being addict to the products. These gutka, mawa and khaini products contain
about 3095 chemical products out of which 28 have been proved as carcinogens
that can lead to cancer of the esophagus, throat, pancreas, stomach, kidney and
lungs. It has been found that gutka products contain heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium and copper.
Social activists are looking forward
for the implementation of this ban as they are fed up with the cases suffering from smokeless tobacco use.