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Title: The challenge of betel nut consumption to economic development : a case of Honiara, Solomon Islands
Authors: Pratt, SA 
Keywords: Areca
Betel nut
Economic development
Pacific islands
Solomon Islands
Oral health
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Source: Asia-Pacific development journal, 2014, v. 21, no. 2, p. 103-120 How to cite?
Journal: Asia-Pacific development journal 
Abstract: The chewing of betel nut is prevalent throughout the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the Pacific subregion. Consumed for its stimulant properties, there is concern over this habit’s association with negative health consequences. The present study examines the case of Honiara in Solomon Islands where the prevalence of betel nut consumption has increased in recent years, especially among schoolchildren. The potential negative health costs and increasing proportion of household income used to sustain this habit has a negative impact on economic development. Possible solutions are suggested to curb betel nut consumption, but they are fraught with difficulties and barriers to change. A major culture change is needed to stem this rising trend.
ISSN: 1020-1246
DOI: 10.18356/b368d584-en
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