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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 69-76
Various terminologies associated with areca nut and tobacco chewing: A review


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Modern Dental College and Research Center, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Kalpana A Patidar
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Modern Dental College and Research Centre, Airport Road, Gandhi Nagar, Indore - 452 001, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.157205

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Globally, arecanut and tobacco are among the most common addictions. Tobacco and arecanut alone or in combination are practiced in different regions in various forms. Subsequently, oral mucosal lesions also show marked variations in their clinical as well as histopathological appearance. However, it has been found that there is no uniformity and awareness while reporting these habits. Various terminologies used by investigators like 'betel chewing','betel quid chewing','betel nut chewing','betel nut habit','tobacco chewing'and 'paan chewing' clearly indicate that there is lack of knowledge and lots of confusion about the exact terminology and content of the habit. If the health promotion initiatives are to be considered, a thorough knowledge of composition and way of practicing the habit is essential. In this article we reviewed composition and various terminologies associated with areca nut and tobacco habits in an effort to clearly delineate various habits.


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