bidi


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A chocolate, strawberry, or other flavoured hand-rolled cigarette from India which has been popular among West Coast high school students

bidi

(bē′dē) [Hindi bīdī, a compound in betel leaf]
A hand-rolled, often flavored cigarette imported from India or Southeast Asia. It is popular with young smokers but has a higher nicotine and tar content than most commercially available cigarettes in the U.S. Like other brands of tobacco in the U.S., it causes cancers, an increased risk of fetal death during pregnancy, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, chronic obstructive lung disease, and genetic mutations.

bidi,

adj an abbreviation for “bidirectional”: moving or occurring in two, usually opposite, directions.
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As a result of a civil war for which they bear no responsibility, far too many South Sudanese, including those we met in Bidi Bidi, have known far too much violence, far too much suffering and far too little opportunity.
Cigarettes will resurge in the coming decades as smokers are expected to graduate from bidis to cigarettes, and more new smokers are likely to take to smoking cigarettes than bidi," it said.
When considering bidi smoking as a risk factor for lung cancer, it has been suggested that people who smoke this product take deeper puffs, which increases the amount of smoke available to become absorbed by respiratory cells.
Bidi making in the region is like a tradition passed down from generation to generation.
Also, the leaf used to wrap bidis is denser than paper, thus smokers must inhale more deeply and more frequently to keep a bidi lit.
Bidis are imported from India, hand-rolled in tendu leaves and flavored with chocolate, licorice, vanilla, various fruits, mint and cloves, and are packaged in colorful boxes.
Current bidi users were defined as having "smoked more than one bidi in the last 30 days.
The report is based on a study of bidi rollers, marginal tobacco farmers and tendu leaf pluckers in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
The result is that a bidi pack costs just Rs 4 on an average.
Summary: Aspen Optics is launching an innovative BiDi GBIC to C[pounds sterling]Plug and ExpandC[yen] fiber network.
Programmes have been launched to wean tobacco farmers away from growing tobacco and to offer alternative livelihood to people engaged in bidi rolling.
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