Gutkha says it is not as Bad as Cigarettes are, But it is neither Good
There is a cold war going on between Smokeless Tobacco Association (STA) and Govt of India on banning Gutkha and allowing cigarettes that can be seen in newspapers every other day.
Earlier, STA flashed couple of ads in daily newspaper questioning the banning of Gutkha in 14 states in India to be unfair as they have not banned cigarettes which according to them is more harmful then chew able tobacco products.
First of all, Cigarettes being more harmful doesn’t mean people should be allowed to chew gutkha. This is a daring step on Governments part to ban gutkha products from 14 states, although they are still easily available at much higher price in black market.
We might agree, to an extent, to their claim that Government has been lobbied heavily by cigarette makers to not ban them but even than lifting the ban from gutkhas is no way justifiable.
Ministry of Health, Govt. of India, carried a counter advertisement in daily newspaper and made people aware of the facts about chewing tobacco taking more lives than cigarettes.
This is for people to think themselves and decided what is good for them and what is not.