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Smokeless Tobacco - Smokeless NOT HARMLESS

Smokeless Tobacco - Smokeless NOT HARMLESS

It is a well known fact that tobacco usage is strongly associated with several lethal diseases as well as numerous chronic disabilities. Various studies have confirmed its perils and there is no doubt that a lot of awareness has been created regarding its hazards. However, it has not yet been effective in eliminating tobacco use. In one of its initiatives, several places have banned smoking in public areas. Sadly, this ban has not been able to deter people, who have now developed addiction to smokeless tobacco.

The predominant forms of smokeless tobacco in India are Gutka, Pan Masala, and other such products that are posing serious health problems in India. While Pan Masala is an Areca Nut (Supari) product, Gutka is a combination of the smokeless tobacco and Areca nut (Supari). Both Pan Masala and Gutka contain several other additives such as menthol, perfume, spices, sugar, preservatives etc. to package it into a mouth freshening product.