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Gutkha wars: India toughens up on oral tobacco use

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8238 (Published 04 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8238

Re: Gutkha wars: India toughens up on oral tobacco use

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: No competing interests
07 December 2012
Neeru Gupta
Scientist E
Neeta Kumar, Jugal Kishore, KKJani
Indian Council of Medical Research
Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029
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