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Karnataka, India: Ban gutkha, Centre tells Karnataka; CM unaware of advisory

The Union ministry of health and family welfare has issued a letter advising the state government to ban sale of gutkha (pan masala with tobacco) to prevent its adverse impacts on health due to increasing consumption.

The letter, dated April 25, has been sent to principal secretary, health, EV Ramana Reddy, by the special secretary of Union ministry of health and family welfare, Keshav Desiraju, in the background of growing concern among city oncologists over increasing number of oral cancer cases due to consumption of tobacco in the smokeless form.

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