Harmful Effects of Bidi Smoking

Yesterday, my first patient was a 55 year old Bidi smoker. He said he’d been smoking ever since he’d been in school, right from his childhood.

A pack of Bidi

Indian Cigarettes (Bidis)

On examining his mouth, the following things were observed –

– Development of tobacco-related oral mucosal lesion inside his cheeks
– Erythroplakia [Red leukoplakia], an Oral Pre-Cancerous condition

Erythroplakia on Left Cheek of a Bidi-smoker

– Oral Leukoplakia on left side of cheek (Buccal Mucosa)

Leukoplakia on Left side of a Bidi smoker

Leukoplakia on Right side of a Bidi smoker

– Abnormal angle of mouth (Inflammatory lesions on both angles of mouth)

Angular Cheilitis (Left)

Angular Cheilitis (Right Side)

Tobacco Dental Stains

These conditions have been seen to graduate to full blown cancer.

The gentleman boasted that he did not smoke Cigarettes or consumed any other form of Smokeless Tobacco, but was unaware of the fact that Bidi (Tobacco wrapped in a Tendu leaf) smoking is as, if not more, harmful in causing a serious harm to one’s oral, overall health. He was made aware of the lesions and encouraged to kick the habit. He seemed pretty convinced.

The ingredients of a Bidi

Bidis are consumed by millions of people in India & it is a great misfortune that it is ignored by the media. What adds to the sales of these Bidis is the lucrative packaging which is done by the manufacturers to lure the rural consumers.

Ironic Bidi Packaging

Ironic Bidi Packaging – 2



About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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