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Mizoram bans gutkha products

Aizawl: Mizoram government has imposed a blanket ban on sale of gutka, paan masala and zarda paan in the state.

All shops in the state have been ordered to stop selling these products within a month after which those keeping or selling gutka and other tobacco products would be punished, an official statement said.

The government imposed the ban by invoking Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011.

"The prohibition of gutka products is expected to make Mizoram healthier and cleaner," a health department official said.