District Collector M. Karunagaran has said that the Central Government has banned the manufacture, use or sale of chemicals such as whitener, nail polish remover and thinner. In a statement issued here on Thursday, he said that whitener-inhaling addiction was on the rise among the adolescent boys as it was commonly available in stationeries. He said that stringent legal action would be initiated against those found violating this ban. Such chemicals could now be used only in small quantities in pens to prevent their misuse, he added.

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