Betel quid chewing elevates human exposure to arsenic, cadmium and lead.

@article{AlRmalli2011BetelQC,
  title={Betel quid chewing elevates human exposure to arsenic, cadmium and lead.},
  author={Shaban W. Al-Rmalli and Richard Owen Jenkins and Parvez I. Haris},
  journal={Journal of hazardous materials},
  year={2011},
  volume={190 1-3},
  pages={69-74}
}
Several studies have reported increased skin lesions in betel quid (a mixture of Piper betel leaves, areca nut, tobacco/flavoured tobacco, lime) chewers compared to non-chewers, exposed to arsenic (As) contaminated drinking water in Bangladesh and India. The current study has determined As, cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) levels of betel quids and its components using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The highest concentrations of As were found in slaked lime (4.56 mg kg(-1… CONTINUE READING