04/07/2015 8:32 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Ban Nicotine Gum In India, Amend Drugs Act: Haryana To Centre

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 10: In this photo illustration a blister of Nicotine Gum, which is advertised as helping people stop smoking cigarettes, is seen on January 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida. A study published in the journal Tobacco Control on Monday, reported that the nicotine alternatives, like Nicotine Gum, have no lasting effect on people trying to quit their smoking habit. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

CHANDIGARH -- Haryana government today urged the Central government to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to ban nicotine which is now readily available in the market.

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said he has sent a proposal to Union Health Minister J P Nadda to ban nicotine gum and for amending the relevant Act so that it is not easily available and people are saved from its harmful effects.

He also said that the provision of relaxation of certain limit of nicotine under the schedule of sales license should be withdrawn.

Vij said the state government has already included nicotine in the category of toxics under Haryana Toxic Ownership and Sales Rules, 1966.

Nicotine could be extracted from anything. To get or sell nicotine, any person or a shopkeeper could take support of prevailing Act which is harmful for the society. Therefore, the Central government has been urged to make appropriate amendments in the Act, he said.

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