“Chewing of tobacco laced areca-nuts” - is nothing but “Chewing of tiny-cancer-causing-bombs in the mouth” and one more tobacco Hiroshima and Nagasaki is in waiting
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Volunteers against Smoking and Tobacco, India
Publication date: 2018-03-01
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 1):A256
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Background and challenges to implementation:
In India, Sweetened Suparis (Arecanut Granules, spices) and Gutkhas (Arecanut Granules, Tobacco, spicy compounds) - packed in small pouches - are freely marketed- which causes Oral Cancer. These products have an unrestricted reach among the youth, students, poor and downtrodden segments.

Intervention or response:
To save the future society from Oral Cancer - urgent initiatives are required to douse these Supari & Gutkha-Bombs.

Results and lessons learnt:
A study - among the School/College Students and Low-Income Workers (< 1000) of Tiruchirapalli City (India) - reveals that usage of Suparis & Gutkhas is largely-considered as “Socially-culturally-accepted-practice”. Unaware of harmful-effects of these Products, even some parents feed these products to their wards in many social-functions - making them to get hooked and addicted to this harmful habit at a very tender age of 5 or 6.
It is found that more than 90% of the cigarette-smoking-students (boys) are using these products, initially as a smelly-shield, to get rid of their parent´s attention and ire. However, in this process, within a very short time, they become addict to these deadly-powders and soon permanently get trapped to this chewing habit.
Around 70-80% of the Low-Income workers are using these products to suppress their appetite/hungry-feeling - without an iota of knowledge that these deadly-powders are causing cancers of vital organs (gums, mouth, throat, esophagus, lung, liver, stomach).

Conclusions and key recommendations:
Unless the Indian Government BAN the manufacture of these highly harmful products in "Lock, Stock and Barrel", one more Hiroshima and Nagasaki is in waiting to happen, in the form of Oral Cancer. Let´s positively focus our efforts to create a "Supari & Gutkha-free Society" - a Society free from Oral cancer.