Better late than never: Gutkha wars

7 December 2012

When oral cancer is the commonest cancer in India (which is due to consumption of smokeless tobacco and/or Gutkha), what was holding back the authorities to implement legislation against it. Because of decrease in consumption of cigarettes the consumption of Gutkha was also increased and the incidence of precancerous lesions and oropharyngeal cancer in children and adults also has risen. Nevertheless, it is better late than never.

Competing interests: None declared

Neeru Gupta, Scientist E

Neeta Kumar, Jugal Kishore, KKJani

Indian Council of Medical Research, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029

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