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Oral cancer in India: A public health menace

Oral cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers in India, which sees 5.6 million cancer deaths every year. A cheap and widely available chewing tobacco product, gutka, has some 5 million children addicted to it. The government of one state in India has woken up to its ill-effects, and, in a drastic step, it has banned sale of all chewing tobacco products.

I have an article published on the Economist's Asia blog, Banyan, discussing this.

References for the article:
  1. Most cancer patients in India die without medical attention: study, Down to Earth, March 29, 2012
  2. Madhya Pradesh bans gutkha and other chewing tobacco products, Down to Earth, April 3, 2012
  3. SC bans plastic gutka sachets from March 1, Times of India, December 8, 2010
  4. Global Adult Tobacco Survey: India, World Health Organization, October 19, 2010
  5. Gutka still sold in plastic sachets, The Hindu, March 13, 2011
  6. 2011 Census Data: Madhya Pradesh, Government of India

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