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    Beedis Popular with kids.

    India Cigarettes Popular With Kids

    By PATRICIA J. MAYS Associated Press Writer

    ATLANTA (AP) - High-nicotine flavored cigarettes imported from India appear to be gaining in popularity among adolescents, federal health officials said
    Thursday, citing a study of Boston-area middle and high schoolers.

    The study of 642 students found that 40 percent had tried the thin cigarettes - called bidis or beedies - at least once and 16 percent were current bidi smokers, the Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention said. Eight percent were heavy bidi smokers, having smoked more than 100.

    ``We're hearing anecdotal evidence from around the country that bidis are popular with young people and are increasingly available,'' said Michael Eriksen, director of the CDC's Office
    on Smoking and Health. ``We're concerned that it's becoming chic, particularly among urban minority kids.''

    Bidis are filled with tobacco flakes, hand-rolled with a greenish-brown leaf, tapered at both ends and tied with a tiny, colored thread.

    The unfiltered cigarettes are shaped like marijuana joints and come in a variety of scents that hide the harsh taste of the tobacco. They also cost about half as much as regular cigarettes -
    a paper-wrapped bundle of 20 bidis can be purchased for as little as $1.50.

    When asked why they chose bidis instead of regular cigarettes, 23 percent of the Massachusetts teens surveyed in March and April said they tasted better and 18 percent cited price.
    Thirteen percent said they thought bidis were safer and 12 percent said they were easier to buy.

    In addition to grocery and convenience stores, bidis are sold in health food stores.

    #2
    oooooooo u mean baboo beri .....

    bedi bedi ..have the heck is this bedi

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