No Decision Yet On Cigarette Ban Over Smoking-Covid Link: Maharashtra

There can be no blanket ban on cigarette sale, authorities instructed Bombay High Court.


The Maharashtra authorities on Tuesday instructed the Bombay High Court that it had not but determined on taking any motion towards the manufacturing and sale of cigarettes and beedis over a potential hyperlink between smoking and COVID-19, and mentioned it was not towards producers.

Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, who appeared for the state authorities, instructed the High Court that following his earlier submissions over a potential hyperlink between smoking and severity of the COVID-19 an infection, a number of producers had written to the state authorities denying the connection.

“Some of them (manufacturers) are thinking that the government is opposed to them. Some beedi manufacturers even held a protest yesterday,” Mr Kumbhakoni mentioned, clarifying that the state authorities isn’t towards any producer of cigarettes and beedis.

On June 16, Mr Kumbhakoni had cited analysis papers of the Union authorities’s Tata Memorial Centre that claimed that there existed a potential “positive correlation between smoking and COVID severity”.

The Advocate General had on the time mentioned {that a} majority of the research that the specialists at Tata Memorial had referred to, acknowledged that people who smoke have been extra weak to the an infection and likewise that severity of the illness was greater in instances of people that smoked cigarettes.

Only three of the a number of studies that the Centre had referred to had given a opposite opinion, he had mentioned.

Mr Kumbhakoni had been responding to the court docket’s question on whether or not cigarette people who smoke have been extra prone to contract coronavirus.

The High Court had beforehand recommended that the state authorities take into account a short lived ban on the sale of cigarettes and beedis.

On Tuesday, Mr Kumbhakoni mentioned, “They (manufacturers) are worried that a blanket order may be passed restraining sale of tobacco and beedis. So, I just want to clarify, this is not what the state is contemplating at this stage.”

The bench was then knowledgeable {that a} physique of tobacco producers and retailers, the Bidi Tambaku Vyapari Sangh, had additionally filed an intervention software in search of to be included as a celebration within the listening to.

The court docket allowed the intervention software, and it’ll proceed listening to the matter on July 1.

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