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PNG capital much cleaner after betel nut ban

Wednesday 21 September 2016 | Published in Regional

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA - The ban on public consumption of betel nut has made Port Moresby much cleaner, according to the governor of Papua New Guinea’s capital.

In late 2013, Powes Parkop instituted a ban on the public sale and consumption of the stimulant, known locally as ‘buai’, in the National Capital District.

The NCD has now relaxed restrictions on vendors selling buai, but the total ban will remain on chewing it in public.

Parkop concedes the ban had a financial impact on small-scale vendors who rely on income from selling buai, and that lives were lost trying to smuggle it in to the city. However he said overall, the ban had been beneficial.

Parkop said he expected rates of cancer relating to betel nut chewing would decrease as a result of the ban. - RNZI