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Taken 30-Jan-20
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Vendor Selling Betel Parcels, Myanmar

A betel quid is the name given to small parcels that typically contain areca nuts. The vendor mixed the betel nut with spices before wrapping it in lime-coated betel leaf. Betel is similar to chewing tobacco and its sale supports thousands of families around Myanmar.

Heavy users of betel quids reveal their addiction when they smile. Their teeth are stained a reddish-black, dyed from years of chewing potent parcels of areca nuts and tobacco, wrapped in a lime-coated betel leaf. Betel quids – or "nuts" as they're often referred to – give users a lift, but unfortunately it often give them oral cancer.