Sweet as Candy, Deadly as Cigarettes

Teens are flocking to a hip form of smokes. There are hidden dangers

A teenager couldn't have dreamed up a cooler cigarette: it's hand rolled, wrapped in a leaf and looks like a joint. But like candy, it comes in such flavors as grape, chocolate and root beer. To top things off, it's sold in hip venues like head shops and health-food stores at a cost of about a buck a pack less than the price of conventional smokes. What is it? The Indian bidi, and it's smokin', especially among teens. About 70% of the tobacco smoked in India is in the form of bidis, but the product didn't take off in the U.S....

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