High Court Quashes Assam Health Prohibition Act | Manufacture, Store & Sale of Smokeless Tobacco Legalized

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Gauhati High Court Quashes Assam Health Prohibition Act 2013

G Plus Digital Desk | October 29, 2017 17:26 hrs

The Guwahati High Court declared the Assam Health Prohibition Act 2013 void. This comes as a major blow to the Assam Government's step to prevent rampant rise in cancer cases as the Assam Health Prohibition Act 2013 aims to prohibit manufacture, store & sale of smokeless tobacco in the state.

The act was produced in Legislative Assembly in 2013 by Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and manufacture, store & sale of smokeless tobacco was banned in Assam. 

This verdict was announced by a two bench Judge comprising of Justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Poran Kr. Phukan. Terming it “unconstitutional”, the Gauhati High Court on Friday repealed the Assam Health (Prohibition of Manufacturing, Advertisement, Trade Storage, Distribution, Sale and Consumption of Zarda, Gutkha, Pan Masala, etc., Containing Tobacco) Act, 2013. 

Expressing his displeasure over the verdict, the Health Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted

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  • Dr. Rakesh Gupta

    It surely is a dampener to the very objective, i.e. to reduce the burden of cancer caused by use of smokeless tobacco, oral cancers specifically. But, this working in tobacco control have experienced such barriers earlier, not only in India but globally. I am hopeful that the State government and the health department won't give in to this decision, adverse to the health of the people of Assam. Seeking the assistance of experts, it should move the battle to the supreme court. The FSSAI had already supported such a ban. Hence, staying hopeful and resilient will be the key to succeed eventually.

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