Ban On Gutka

                                                            Source: here

                                         Navigating in the Markets- Scene after Ban — Amusing

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Gutka banned, law says, but is it really banned?  Navigate through the lanes & the by lanes
of city and you will find shops laced with sachets of Gutka, displaying different
brands at Nukkad shops under the nose of administration and the law
administrators too relish the taste of it and roads and buildings decorated…all
red, not with color red but spitting tobacco all around.

Laws are framed and declared loudly on different channels,
printed bold in newsprint but in practical terms, there isn’t much difference. 

The hoarders & sellers mint more money out of it selling in “Black” and
people relishing out of addiction & can’t give up easily or under compulsion.

Any habit starts in fashion and a stage comes when it’s
difficult to get out of it. For me, Gutka means Pan Parag, there are varied
brands now, but for me gutka means Pan Parag. It is an age old product and it
is in market since long and was particularly used by few business class
families. People don’t get offended…it’s my individual experience…don’t try to
prove statistics, I am weak at it. I found the place of Pan Parag in few
families in tin packing and it was sparsely used…I experienced as a child.

Today before writing, I invaded the site of Pan Parag for extracting few information and found that it was introduced way back in August 1973,
initially it was in tin pack, so it moved on few counters. 

The introduction of
sachets in 1985 gained popularity, been easy on pockets and in navigation….sachets could easily find
solace in trousers pockets of men, so easy to use and carry and be away from
the prying eyes of resentment. 

The momentum picked up and the sales flared up
and the users multiplied….I am writing the facts that my eyes have experienced…indirect
victim of it…few close members became fan of this product after launch of
sachets & my introspection says that sachets would not have been

Who am I to say….market don’t move on my say? I despise…I hate…it
is truly said, “The more you hate, you are more close to it” and it stands true
in my case for this dreaded Gutka…poses threat to life…direct impact of gutka.

The sachets found more customers, more new comers joined the
league and the sales boomed and more companies joined the league and the results
of sales was astounding. I am baffled to explore that even company received National Awards for it…I am not going to go in depth. Navigate the links, interested
people can find for themselves, here.
I am anguished to see more people have become addicted to this
gutka and hold introduction of sachets responsible for it. I have seen both the
phase…time when sachets were not introduced & the time after introduction. 

It was sparsely used, so addiction to gutka wasn’t there, it was used as a
mouth freshener. 
With sachets in the market, the school and college goers,
youngsters too have become addicted to it and cases of cancers have sprung up
at a rapid pace. The rag pickers who cannot afford onetime meal chews gutka. The
families faces the music because of addicts.
They lose their lives and the families left suffer under economy crunch, the case is common with low income group.

 What Gutka is actually? 

It is a preparation of crushed areca nut, tobacco, catechu,
paraffin wax, slaked lime and sweet or savory flavorings, My say, it is a slow

  For more details, refer here.
   Impact of Gutka on Health:

   It poses a direct threat to life, it is
carcinogenic. Maximum addicted users suffer,
rarely   one is spared.

It stains the teeth and erodes the gums.

Excessive gutkha use can eventually lead to loss
of appetite, promote unusual sleep patterns, and loss of concentration along
with other tobacco-related problems.
Doctors, especially oncologists, say consumption
of gutka is more harmful than any other form of tobacco.

It can cause non-healing ulcerative lesions in
parts of the oral cavity such as cheek, lips, tongue, hard palate, floor of the
mouth and soft palate. It can also affect the food pipe, voice box and kidney. 
from here.
Addicted people have a habit of spitting
hither & thither so the impact is on environment too. Murals of gods and
goddesses were painted on the wall so that people don’t spit but not much
difference could be found.
The gutka menace is just because of
availability in sachets. It won’t come to an end easily until and unless
product in sachets are withdrawn completely from the market of all brands.

Ban on Gutka isn’t working nor the Statutory
warning on packages.

(The views are solely mine and the inputs are gathered online.)

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