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.
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Even in these circumstances, the former civil servant and father of three takes great pride in being asked about his new role as elected representative of Bidi Bidi village number three.
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.
Lal and Nevin Wilson, also stated that nearly 4.52 trillion cigarettes and 40.3 trillion bidis were produced over the 100- year period.
The study noted that by taxing bidis, 3.4 million adult smokers would quit and prevent another 3.5 million youths from lighting up.
It has been proven in a cohort study done on men using bidi cigarettes in Karunagappally, Kerala, India that "bidi smoking significantly increased oral cancer risk." (7) In addition, it has been shown "in location-specific analysis, [that] bidi smoking was significantly associated with cancer of the gum and mouth." (7) This study revealed a positive correlation between the duration and frequency of bidi use and the increased risk for oral cancers--especially of the floor of the mouth and periodontal tissue--when compared to those who never consumed this product.
Although bidi sales are already illegal for minors, Arizona legislators have taken additional steps by specifically banning bidi sales to adolescents and increasing the penalties for illegal sales.
Two hundred fifty-six (40%) of the respondents had ever smoked bidis, 100 (16%) were current bidi users, and 50 (8%) were heavy bidi users.
However, thousands of factories have been developed for the welfare of Bidi industries around the country.
Her status as 'uninitiated' into the bidi trade did not remain for long though.
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.
Anyone who backs Buck Rogers must, when placing their bet, utter the phrase 'Bidi bidi bidi.' It is not Latin; it is the saying of the endearing robot in the 1980s TV series Buck Rogers, who started every sentence with that maddeningly catchy phrase.