Patna: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is gong to take another measure to curb bad habits. After two years of his government’s ban on alcohol, he is going to ban Khaini or chewing tobacco as well. Yes, Nitish Kumar government is planning to ban Khaini or tobacco.
The state health department has written to the central government requesting to notify khaini as a food product and once it is notified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the state government will be free to impose a complete ban on it on health grounds.
Apart from the Bihar government, SEEDS (Socio-Economic and Educational Development Society) has also written to the health department to include khaini as a food product under FSSAI. As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey-2 of 2016-17, 25.9 percent of the state’s population use tobacco in different forms and 20.4 percent of them are addicted to chewing tobacco.
We would like to tell you that many a leaders are also addicted to Khaini. Even RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is also know of chewing Khaini. But this decision will also affect farmers as well. Tobacco farmers are not going to like this decision as they will suffer loses.