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India's Real Tobacco Problem

Anti-smoking efforts need to include cheap "bidis."

Most bidis are hand-rolled in small home operations.

Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Starting next month, the government of India will require that cigarette packs be largely covered in graphic warning labels. That's smart; in other countries, such warnings have effectively pushed smokers to quit. The trouble is that cigarettes aren't India's biggest tobacco problem.

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