Betel nut penalties floated in Northern Marianas

9:08 am on 23 April 2015

Lawmakers in the Northern Marianas are looking to implement stricter policies on betel-nut chewing.

Betelnut-stained mouth, Papua New Guinea.

Betelnut chewing has been linked to oral cancer Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Several of them have recently attended a forum that discussed the pitfalls of the practice, which can lead to oral cancers.

Representatives agreed that laws against betel nut chewing might be a good proposition for the CNMI.

Short of banning betel-nut chewing altogether, lawmakers are reportedly looking at a betel-nut tax, introducing violation fees, and other policies that may mimic the Smoke-Free Air Act.