Chandigarh, Jan 7: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today ordered ban on manufacturing of food products containing tobacco or nicotine like ‘Gutkha’ and ‘Pan Masala’ in the state with immediate effect. Badal has asked the Health Department to take immediate steps to ensure complete ban on manufacturing of ‘Guthka’, ‘Pan Masala’, processed flavored scented chewing tobacco and any other food products containing tobacco or nicotine in the state, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said. (Also Read: Bidi to cost 7.5 pc more in Haryana)Also Read - Ruckus in MP Missionary School Over 'Religious Conversion' Of 8 Students To Christianity; Rioting Case Filed

The state government had already issued a notification on January 1 banning the storage, sale or distribution of tobacco items by whatever name these are called as final products in the market and has been prohibited for one year in Punjab. The Chief Minister has categorically directed the Health Department for strict compliance of these orders and said that no laxity by any erring officials in its implementation would be tolerated at any cost, the spokesperson said. Also Read - 9 Omicron Variant Patients In Jaipur Asymptomatic | Key Points

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