Maharashtra Revokes Ban On Pan Masala
An anonymous FDA personnel told the media channels that the revoking of the ban was because of extreme pressure from the lobbyists.
In a shocker, the state has revoked its decision
- Maharashtra Food and Drug Association lifted the ban on pan masala
- Areca nut is a known carcinogen
- Revoking of the ban was because of extreme pressure from the lobbyists
An anonymous FDA personnel told the media channels that the revoking of the ban was because of extreme pressure from the lobbyists. Dr Kailash Sharma, director (Academics) Tata Memorial Hospital said in a letter to the state, "We sincerely urge you to continue the ban on flavoured chewing tobacco and flavoured supari (Pan Masala) permanently to save our future generations. Currently, the ban is applicable for only one year and it has to be renewed annually.
Ashok Dhoble, secretary of the Indian Dental Association, said, "The epidemic of mouth cancer cannot be curtailed without a comprehensive prohibition of selling these lethal products freely as packaged mouth fresheners. We sincerely request that you will use your good offices to continue the ban on these smokeless tobacco and supari products to prevent premature deaths in our country."
According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2010, a total of 27.6 per cent of Maharashtra's adult population chew tobacco. Mouth cancer is the most common cancer among men in Maharashtra due to excessive tobacco consumption.