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Everything About 'Chewing Paan' (Deadlier Than Cigarettes & Sheesha)

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    And if you still don't know what Paan is, here you go:
    Paan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) regards the chewing of betel-quid and areca nut to be a known human carcinogen. The main carcinogenic factor is believed to be areca nut. A recent study found that areca-nut paan with and without tobacco increased oral cancer risk by 9.9 and 8.4 times respectively.
    In urban areas, chewing paan is generally considered a nuisance because some chewers spit the paan out in public areas. The red stain generated by the combination of ingredients when chewed are known to make a colorful stain on the ground. This is becoming an unwanted eyesore in Indian cities like Mumbai, although most see it as an integral part to Indian culture. This is also common in some of the Persian Gulf countries like the UAE and Qatar, where many Asians live. Recently, the Dubai government has banned the import and sale of Paan and the like.
    ...chewing this mixture can possibly lead to oral cancer.
    And whatever 'fresh breath' has been said about Paan chewing in the Wiki article, then that's a load of tosh.

    That's for starters. Post anything you want about this horrible habit, including whether it is Haram or Makruh - or Haram.
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    This article tries to understand why chewing Betal leaf or Paan, as it is commonly known in India, is a serious threat to our health. Because of the usage of tobacco as one of its basic ingredients, Paan is treated as a form of Smokeless tobacco by many.

    About the Betal Leaf:
    A Betel Leaf is a creeper with stimulant and medicinal properties. It has nice aroma and has a spicy,clove-like flavor. It is mostly found in India and Sri Lanka. In India, it is popularly known as Paan, an ancient breath freshener. It has been an integral part of indian culture from olden days.

    Basic Ingredients in a Paan:


    • Betal leaf.
    • Areca nut.
    • Mineral lime.
    • Tobacco.

    Health risks with chewing Betal leaf are:

    • According to The International Agency for Research and Cancer, chewing of Betal leaf with nut is a known Carcinogen.
    • Acute effects of chewing Betal leaf with nut can lead to cancer in multiple organs like the mouth, pharynx, esophagus and stomach.
    • Chewing Paan with tobacco increases the oral cancer risk by 9.9 and chewing it without tobacco increases the risk by 8.4 times.
    • It has the potential to affect the blood sugar level leading to Type II diabetes.
    • The teeth and gums get stained in orange or red colour because of chewing Betal leaf.
    • The tobacco-betel-lime quid chewing causes excessive secretion of saliva leading to salivary gland cancer.
    • It is also the culprit behind asthma, hypertension, and tachycardia in the paan users.
    • Long-term Chewing of Paan causes diseases like oral submucous fibrosis (OSF), pre-cancerous oral lesions and squamous cell carcinoma.
    Health Risks associated with Chewing Paan or Betal leaf

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    it makes people teeth brown and smells awful
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    History lesson:
    n North India, it is very common to see various small roadside-stalls, named Paan Bhandar or Paan Stall. These small shops sell Paan- the most eaten chewing material as mouth freshener. These shops are also centre point of meeting of many Paan lovers, who love to discuss over various local and national issues, while relishing the wonderful aromatic taste of Paan. These Paan lovers can easily be recognized by their mouth expressions and red colour lips.

    The history of Paan goes back to ancient times, when Scholars of Ayurveda with the help of Dhanvantari invented this wonderful chewing material after

    doing several experiments on rats. And Paan was found out good for digestion. Even reference of Paan is found in Shrimad Bhagavat as Lord Krishna used to chew. This evidence is of 5000 years ago.

    Ibn-e-Batuta mentions about the ritual of serving Paan as the first things to a guest at the time of
    his arrival and departure. This is one of the customs, which is still quite popular in Lucknow. In North India, Paan lovers are habitual of chewing Paan after the meals. Even it is said, if Paan is not
    served after a delectable meal, the guest is not properly welcome.

    The tradition of eating Paan was popularised by Noor-e-Jahan, the mother of Emperor Shah-e-Jahan who built the wonder in marble- the Taj Mahal.

    In olden days women used natural elements for makeup and cosmetics. Empress Noor-e-Jahan discovered that by adding some particular ingredients to the Paan and eating it gives a beautiful natural red colour to the lips. So along with it's taste the Paan was eaten by women for reddening the lips.

    A Paan is a leaf from a creeper called the Paan creepers, grown in hot and humid climate but under the shade so that direct sunlight does not burn the leaves. There are different types of Paan creepers. These different types of Paan leaves are made into many different varieties of Paan by
    adding various different ingredients and then folding into triangular shaped Bidas.

    Generally Paan is used with catechu (kattha) and quick lime, which brings the red color. Beetle nuts and other items like clove, cardamom, and peppermint are added for special taste and aroma. Overall a good Paan is a delight, which gives good aroma and pleasant red color to mouth and lips.
    Eternal Glories :: Colours of India :: Paan Chewing

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    Undoubtedly maximum number of people considers chewing paan as a wrong habit, very harmful for your health. But the fact is paan is full of health benefits. Surprised? Well you all will be glad to read that chewing paan helps in giving you relief from acidity problem to osteoporosis. It also helps in treating gas troubles and various kinds of oral infections. The habit of paan can help in long way by keeping you fit and strong.

    Keep in mind that saliva produced due to the chewing of paan helps in digestion process of your body. The saliva produced is alkaline in nature and thus also helps in alleviating acid related ailments like cancer. It has been clinically approved that cancer cell dies when kept in alkaline solution.

    Paan leaf is a great source of vitamin A and C. Also it contains high level of calcium content in them, thus helping in preventing the problem of osteoporosis.

    Not only the paan leaf but various other additives that are used in it are equally beneficial for your health. Fennel and betel nut helps in speeding up your digestion process while cardamom and cloves reduces the problem of gas and acidity. Kattha and betel present in paan helps all those suffering from cold and cough by controlling the mucous production. Also, nutmeg helps in drying up mucous in your body. Nutmeg also acts a powerful blood thinner for your body. Usually people above the age of forty are advised to take aspirin to keep their blood thin for preventing heart related problems. But aspirin when taken for longer period, pinpricks bleeding in digestive track of body in small quantities. So it is more advisable to take nutmeg. So for best results, regularly intake one paan after each meal but keep in mind excess intake can prove out to be harmful for your body.
    Benefits of Chewing Paan

    The Quran says in 2:219 vis-a-vis wine and gambling:
    In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit
    I can't see Paan disassociating itself from this verse.

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    'Can' and 'potential' are too ambiguous. If we're looking at health risks then studies need to be posted (not that I'm going to read them though)

    If bayyah or chaachah eats a few paan a week I don't see an issue. Moderation. Too much of a good thing is bad for you too.

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    Academics on Paan

    Cancer Expert Warns Asians Against Chewing Paan:
    Redhotcurry - Health. Cancer Expert Warns Asians Against Chewing Paan

    ORAL CANCER IN SOUTHERN INDIA: THE INFLUENCE OF SMOKING, DRINKING, PAAN-CHEWING AND ORAL HYGIENE (academic paper):
    Wiley InterScience :: Session Cookies

    Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs on the Association between Paan Chewing and Oral Cancer among the Kenyan Asian Community Living in Nairobi -The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
    Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs on the Assocition between Paan Chewing and Oral Cancer among the Kenyan Asian Community Living in Nairobi

    Effects of Paan Chewing (found in British Library)
    http://direct.bl.uk/bld/PlaceOrder.d...m=searchengine

    Role of paan chewing and dietary habits in cervical carcinoma in Chennai, India
    Role of paan chewing and dietary habits in cervica...[Br J Cancer. 2003] - PubMed Result

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    Man chewing paan shot at in Manipur

    IANS 26 May 2005, 12:43pm IST
    IMPHAL: A group of gunmen fired at a barber in this Manipur capital while he was on his way back from his salon.

    Arun Thakur is battling amputation at an Imphal hospital after he was shot at close range on his legs by suspected separatists on Wednesday.

    One of the assailants reportedly shouted at the barber from Bihar, who has made Imphal his home: "You are punished for chewing paan."

    The attack comes a day after the outlawed separatist Revolutionary People's Front (RPF) imposed a ban on the sale and consumption of chewing tobacco products in Manipur.

    It had cautioned that anyone violating its diktat would face "serious action" without any warning.

    The rebels appear to have lived up to that threat.

    "We are not sure who was responsible for the attack on the barber, but we believe from preliminary investigations that the incident was part of the anti-tobacco campaign launched by the RPF," a police official in Imphal said.

    Meanwhile, kiosks selling tobacco products have either closed down or the items dumped from the shelves fearing rebel attacks.

    Another militant group, the outlawed Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), supported the ban on tobacco use in the state.

    The KYKL last month shot dead five alleged drug traffickers as part of a campaign to eradicate drug addiction in the region.

    The attacks on drug peddlers follow a warning in July last year when the KYKL threatened death penalty to traffickers and addicts.

    "The right thigh bone is damaged badly and needs possible reconstruction," said a doctor at the hospital.

    The RPF is among the most powerful rebel armies in Manipur, fighting for an independent homeland for the majority Meitei community in Manipur.

    Tobacco products locally known as khaini and zarda are a common form of addiction among many Indians, including a vast majority in Manipur.

    The RPF says its ban on tobacco was imposed to protect people from possible health risks and protest New Delhi trying to pump in such addictives to the region.

    "The ban is meant to counter India's evil designs of getting the younger generation hooked to such dangerous substances," an RPF statement said.

    Meanwhile, kiosks selling tobacco products have either closed down or the items dumped from the shelves fearing rebel attacks.

    Another militant group, the outlawed Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL), supported the ban on tobacco use in the state.

    The KYKL last month shot dead five alleged drug traffickers as part of a campaign to eradicate drug addiction in the region.

    The attacks on drug peddlers follow a warning in July last year when the KYKL threatened death penalty to traffickers and addicts.

    Many say the rebel action to reform the society is nothing but an attempt by the militants to whip up public sentiments.
    Man chewing paan shot at in Manipur - India - The Times of India
    Man chewing paan shot at in Manipur - Page2 - India - The Times of India

    (ok that was a joke. Nobody here should be suggesting that this is the Hadd for Paan)
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    Warning from Bangladesh for Bangladeshis only lol

    Chewing tobacco 'may have lead to rise in oral cancer rates' Published by Hannah Wooderson for 24dash.com in Health
    Thursday 13th August 2009 - 3:19pm
    Bangladeshi people could be at higher risk of getting oral cancer because of the popularity of chewing tobacco, a research suggested today.

    Chewing paan, a mixture of tobacco and areca nut, is common within the Bangladeshi community and the habit may have led to an "alarming" rise in the number of cases of oral cancer in East London, according to researchers at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.


    The findings are a contrast to the national picture where rising oral cancer rates have been linked to increased alcohol consumption, according to Cancer Research UK.


    While drinking alcohol is frowned upon among East London's Bangladeshi population, the habit of chewing paan, which is known to cause oral cancer, is widespread, according to the research.


    A team from the Centre for Clinical and Diagnostic Oral Sciences used a mobile dental unit to tour areas of East London, targeting the Bangladeshi community, especially those who rarely visited a dentist.


    Following a screening programme of 1,300 local residents, Dr Anand Lalli, a clinical lecturer in oral surgery, estimated that one in 15 people were referred to the hospital for further investigation.


    He said: "Along with the rest of the UK, we are seeing an alarming rise in the number of people being diagnosed with oral cancer.


    "The rise is being linked to drinking alcohol because of the huge increase in alcohol usage in the UK in recent decades.


    "Rather than alcohol, we believe that within the Bangladeshi community, chewing paan with tobacco or areca nut is the key contributing factor.


    "We know that in parts of south Asia where paan usage is widespread, oral cancer is one of the commonest causes of death from all cancers."


    He advised regular dental check-ups for people worried about oral cancer, saying: "Your dentist is trained to spot the early signs of oral cancer such as ulcers or red or white patches on the gum or tongue. If you have any of these symptoms now you should see your dentist or doctor without delay.


    "If oral cancer is caught early on then there is a very good chance of curing it. But it becomes far less easy to treat the longer it is left," he said.

    A national study by Cancer Research UK earlier this week found rates of oral cancer have risen by a quarter among people in their 40s since the mid 1990s.

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    Chewing is treated the same as smoking in the West.

    No Drinking, Smoking or Chewing Paan for Teachers in West Bengal
    S.N.M. Abdi, Arab News
    CALCUTTA, 9 November 2004 Bowing to demands by parents bodies, West Bengal government has decided to ban smoking and consumption of paan, tobacco or alcohol by school teachers as long as they are in service.

    The ban on drinking and smoking publicly will cover their entire professional career under a revolutionary new code of conduct which will come into force early next year in the Left Front-ruled state.

    West Bengal School Education Minister Kanti Biswas said that the new service rule will be applicable not only to 125,000 government teachers but to the teaching staff of all state-aided schools as soon as the notification is published in the official gazette.

    The new code will also abolish the lucrative practice of giving tuitions besides banning vices like smoking and drinking altogether.

    Recently, the Education Department outlawed corporal punishment in schools across West Bengal in accordance with a Calcutta High Court judgement. But predictably enough, the new code of conduct permits teachers to form unions or associations, contest panchayat (local bodies), state legislative assembly and parliamentary elections elections and resort to strikes if necessary.
    http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&sect...=9&m=11&y=2004


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