Mandalay city officials are facing public condemnation over a tobacco company’s sponsorship of an upcoming mini-marathon that will be held in honor of Burma’s 70th Independence Day on 4 January.
Some seven million people in Burma regularly chew betel quid and tobacco – a habit that causes more than 60,000 deaths in the country every year.
Sales of betel quid are down almost by half in many parts of Burma amid rumours of a government ban on chewing betel.
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A health official warned that the popular habit of chewing betel can be damaging for individuals, and for Burma’s reputation.
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