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Indian state bans tobacco based chewing products

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:184
  1. Sanjay Kumar
  1. New Delhi

    In an important anti-tobacco move, the state government of Maharashtra has banned the sale, display, manufacture, and distribution of gutka and paan masala, two very popular chewable tobacco based products.

    Even though one type of Paan masala does not contain tobacco, it containts betel nut, which is also a carcinogen.

    The state of Maharashta, which covers Mumbai, has 40 manufacturing plants for gutka and paan masala.

    “The ban will become effective from 1 August 2002, …

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