West Bengal government bans panmasala and gutkha for one year


Guwahati: West Bengal Government has banned the sale of panmasala and gutkha in the state. The notice issued by the Commissioner of Food Safety, West Bengal prohibited the sale of articles of the aforementioned products containing tobacco and nicotine as ingredients.

The decision was taken with the people’s health in mind, according to notification issued by West Bengal’s health department. 

It stated that under Section 30 of the food safety and standards act, 2006, the commissioner of food safety has the authority to impose such a ban on the manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of any article of food throughout the state for a period of one year.


The Mamata Banerjee-led government decided to ban gutkha, betel spice, and several other tobacco items in 2019 for the first time.