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Delhi government bans all kinds of chewable tobacco in the national capital for 1 year
Delhi government has imposed a ban in the national capital on the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewing tobacco including "gutkha, pan masala, khaini and zarda."

A notification was issued yesterday in this regard by the Department of Food Safety. As per the notification all unpackaged tobacco products are also covered under the ambit of the ban. 

The notification states, "The manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of tobacco which is either flavoured , scented or mixed...And whether going by the name or form of gutka, pan, masala, flavoured/scented tobacco, kharra, or otherwise... Whether packaged or unpackaged and/or sold as one product, or though packaged as separate products, sold or distributed in such manner so as to easily facilitate mixing by the consumer is prohibited for a period of 1 year."

Health department officials said that although a notification was issued by Delhi government in September 2012, after directions of the Supreme Court for banning `gutkha' in the capital. But since the notification mentioned the word `gutkha', tobacco retailers had started selling betel nuts and raw tobacco in separate pouches, almost nullifying the ban.

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