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Sikkim bans gutkha

Issue Date: Sep 19, 2012
The government of Sikkim has banned the sale, distribution and storage of gutkha, a form of chewing tobacco. This makes Sikkim the second state in the north-east after Mizoram to ban gutkha. The notification issued on September 17 bans all food items containing gutkha and nicotine. A large number of people in Sikkim—25.6 per cent—consume gutkha. Twelve other states have already banned gutkha; these are: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana, Jharkhand, Punjab, Chandigarh, Mizoram, Delhi and Gujarat.

Delhi government decides to ban gutkha

Issue Date: Sep 10, 2012
The government of Delhi has decided to ban the sale, manufacture and storage of gutkha, a form of chewing tobacco. The decision was taken at a high level meeting in Delhi Secretariat on September 10. The ban would be applicable once the notification is issued, says a press statement released by the state health department.  The ban applies to all the food items containing gutkha and nicotine.
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