The first day of the new financial year has seen a ban on the sale of tobacco-mixed gutka in Madhya Pradesh. Health Minister Narottam Mishra had said in the assembly some days ago that the licenses of seven gutka companies in the state have been cancelled.
And to control the increasing number of mouth cancer patients, the state government has decided to ban tobacco-mixed gutka pouches, he had announced. A penalty of up to Rs.25,000 would be imposed on anyone selling tobacco-mixed gutka. However, there would be no ban on the sale of plain gutka.
Tobacco usage has led to an increased number of cancer cases. Squamous cell cancer, a type of esophageal cancer, is on rise in India as more people are getting addicted to tobacco, a leading cancer specialist said Thursday. ”Squamous cell cancer – which is one of the types of esophageal cancer – is rising in India. The main cause of this type of carcinoma is tobacco smoking and heavy alcohol. In India smoking and tobacco usage is at a peak so the cases of squamous carcinoma are also rising,” said US-based cancer specialist Tom Ryan DeMeester. The chairman of surgery department in Southern Carolina University said Adenocarcinoma – which occurs at the glandular cells present at the junction of the esophagus and stomach – is very common in the US. In fact, 90 percent of the cancer cases in the US are diagnosed as adenocarcinoma. Now will this help reduce the number of cancer cases? Watch this space.