Forms of Tobacco Consumed by Different Segments of the Rural Population, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India

Type of TobaccoDescriptionPredominant Consumer
KharraA mixture of tobacco, areca nut, lime (chuna), and katechu (katha)Men and women
MishriPowdered tobacco containing teeth-cleaning powderWomen
GutkhaA powdery mixture of crushed areca nut, tobacco, katechu, paraffin wax, lime, and sweet or savory flavoringsAdolescents and youth
Paan masalaA mixture of betel leaf with lime, areca nut, clove, cardamom, mint, and tobacco, with other flavoringsAdolescents and youth
BeediA type of cigarette made of unprocessed tobacco flakes wrapped in tendu leaves (found widely across central India)Elderly men