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Since 2000, the beedi accounted for over 30% of Indian tobacco consumption and are more popular than cigarettes, although they deliver more nicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar than conventional cigarettes.

Beedi rolling is a cottage industry in India and is typically done by women in their homes. Due to the relatively low cost of beedies compared with regular cigarettes, they have long been popular among the poor in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and India and are called the "poor man's cigarette".

Source: We keep India... Ouppsss! Wikipedia.

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A special thought for people who lost their life 25 years ago today in Bhopal.

At midnight on December 3rd 1984, Union Carbide pesticide plant accidentally released methyl isocyanate gas, exposing more than 500,000 people to the gas and other chemicals.

The government of Madhya Pradesh has confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release. Others estimate 8,000-10,000 died within 72 hours and 25,000 have since died from gas-related diseases.

A quarter of a century after the gas leak, 390 tonnes of toxic chemicals abandoned at the Union Carbide plant continue to leak and pollute the ground water in the region and affects thousands residents of Bhopal who depend on it.

Magnum's photographer Raghu Rai have covered this tragedy, the worst industrial disaster to ever happen.

Here's the link:

http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP=XSpecific_MAG.StoryDetail_VPage&pid=2TYRYDDG70XJ

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