ISLAMABAD  - Increasing trend of addicting Gutka in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, is putting the consumers’ health at risk.

A local senior medical practitioner Doctor Karamat Ullah told APP that gutka consuming can cause cancer of the gums, mouth, throat, lung, liver, stomach, prostate and esophagus. He said dozens of side effects associated with gutka including toxic to the liver and kidneys and can cause life-threatening fluctuations in blood sugar for people with diabetes.   

“It also frequently causes a reddish staining of the gums, teeth and lips. Less commonly, routine gutka users develop a sallow complexion.

it is considered to be unsafe for those under 18 years of age”, he said. He added Nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, abdominal pain and diarrhea are common in gutka users.

Open sale of gutka on shops in every market of twin cities should be banned, said Chaudhary Aziz a resident of sector G/6 while talking to this agency.

It has been noted, people especially youth is being highly addicted to gutkha that has number of negative impact on health. Another resident of sector F/6 Riaz told that a number of brands of gutka have been introduced in the market that is reflecting its increasing demand.

A gutka user can easily be identified by prominently stained teeth ranging from dirty yellowish-orange to reddish-black. The stains are difficult to remove by normal brushing and usually need the attention of a dentist.

A shopkeeper at Abpara market Riaz Ahmad told that demand of gutkha has increased their earning, adding youth prefer to use it because it is a low price and easy accessible in markets. He said consumers of gutkha usually suffer from

stomach and other health problems.  After gutkha is consumed, it is generally spat onto a wall causing an unsightly red stain that is quite irritate the residents. Often tobacco companies advertise paan masala as gutka in order to skirt the ban on advertising tobacco products.

Excessive gutkha use can eventually lead to loss of appetite, promote unusual sleep patterns, and loss of concentration along with other tobacco-related problems.