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Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.

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The challenge of betel nut consumption to economic development: A case of Honiara, Solomon Islands

The chewing of betel nut is prevalent throughout the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the Pacific subregion. Consumed for its stimulant properties, there is concern over this habit’s association with negative health consequences. The present study examines the case of Honiara in Solomon Islands where the prevalence of betel nut consumption has increased in recent years, especially among schoolchildren. The potential negative health costs and increasing proportion of household income used to sustain this habit has a negative impact on economic development. Possible solutions are suggested to curb betel nut consumption, but they are fraught with difficulties and barriers to change. A major culture change is needed to stem this rising trend.

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