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.