Asia’s deadly addiction to betel quids
Hundreds of millions of people chew betel quids, mostly in Asia
- Research shows that chewing the parcels raises the risk of oral cancer
- Betel quids are parcels of areca nuts and tobacco wrapped in a lime-coated betel leaf
- In Myanmar, they’re popular with taxi drivers who use them to stay awake on the roads
Yangon, Myanmar (CNN) — Heavy users of betel quids reveal their addiction when they smile. Their teeth are stained a reddish-black, dyed from years of chewing potent parcels of areca nuts and tobacco, wrapped in a lime-coated betel leaf.
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