press trust of india
Guwahati, 21 July
After the passage of the anti-tobacco Bill in the Assembly, the Assam government is now planning to bring in a new legislation to curb manufacturing and selling of all forms of smoking products in the state.
“Our first aim is to implement the anti-tobacco Bill for all forms of smokeless products. After this, our next mission is to ban smoking tobacco… One day we will ban smoked tobacco also,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
He, however, did not give a timeframe on introduction of the Bill to ban smoking tobacco saying the government at first wants to be successful in implementing the ‘Assam Health (Prohibition of Manufacturing, Trade, Advertisement, Storage, Distribution, Sale and Consumption of Zarda, Gutkha, Panmasala Containing Tobacco and/or Nicotin) Act, 2013’.
Last week, the anti-tobacco Bill was passed in the Assam Assembly unanimously with some amendments.