Betel-quid, Pan Masala & Gutkha Banned in UP Govt. Offices

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I came to know about this great news this afternoon.

It is a very bold decision. Great indeed. It requires a lot of courage and conviction.

Being a dental professional, sometimes I do come across dental patients who have their pan, pan-masala, tobacco or gutkha (some of the forms of smokeless tobacco) parked in their cheeks.

They are asked to spit it out and then come back for dental check-up. But my health attendant is very strict in discouraging such tobacco chewers to spit in clinic wash basin.

Not even this, some of the attendants/relatives accompanying the patients are also chewing some of these products when i am attending their patients .

This great news regarding ban of Pan, Pan Masala & Gutkha in Govt Offices of Uttar Pradesh in India was being telecast this afternoon.

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As always happens, reactions also started coming up. Some people were saying that the cleaning process should have started with the Members of Chief Minister’s cabinet, some of whom are quite  fond of all such stuff.

It would surely be a challenge to see in Uttar Pradesh how this ban gets implemented where this pan/gutkha chewing habit has become socially acceptable.

I am working in Lucknow city for the last four years and I have three concerns – first, when I driving my two wheeler and some one travelling in a 2/4 wheeler gets rids of his ‘chewed’ stuff, and I get some droplets on my face, it is damn irritating. Second, when in an office, when I have to speak to a person whose mouth is ‘full’ of this stuff, at that moment, more than the dangers of this habit on his health, I am ‘worried’ about my new shirt getting droplets of his red-coloured saliva. Third, seeing some doctors and medical workers chewing Pan Masala/Gutkha is all the more frustrating.

By the way, right now  i am all the more frustrated due to mosquitoes which are biting me and in between I take a break to ‘get rid of’ one or two such irritants.

Feeling sleepy…goodnight, take care!


About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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