Oral cancer rising among India's younger generation

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India accounts for 86% of the world's cases of oral cancer and 90% of these are linked to tobacco. Incidences of oral cancer are particularly high in areas where chewable tobacco is popular.

Selling any tobacco product to minors is illegal in India but a recent survey suggests that the number of teenagers who chew tobacco in Mumbai has doubled over the past 10 years.

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