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SC Bans Use Of Plastic In Gutkha Sachets Why Not On Tobacco?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed a ban on the use of plastic in the packaging of tobacco why not on tobacco?

The Supreme Court has set March 2011 as the deadline within which the gutkha and tobacco manufacturers need to implement its order. The court asked them to shift to eco-friendly sachets or close down.

In India, more than five million children under the age of 15 years suffer from various forms of mouth cancers, which is mainly attributed to the unregulated consumption of gutkha - in states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh more than 16 percent mouth cancer patients are children.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India records about 800,000 tobacco deaths every year or 2,200 deaths a day.

Why allow the production of cigarettes and Tobacco products?

Shrusti Jain

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