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Myanmar’s Deadly Addiction to Betel Nuts

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Teeth are stained a dark red colour, and cancer is on the rise in Myanmar. The culprit? The chewing of betel parcels – a leaf wrapped around a mass of betel nut. Know in the area as kun ja, these little parcels are a popular stimulant for Myanmar’s population. Especially, it would seem, for those who work in industries which require long work days.

Users claim that it increases energy, alertness and even delivers fresher breath. However, the negative sides are quite high. For more information on this deadly addiction, read the full article on CNN here: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/04/world/asia/myanmar-betel-nut-cancer/

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