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

Stephen Albert Pratt

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-120
Number of pages18
JournalAsia-Pacific development journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Areca
  • Betel nut
  • Economic development
  • Pacific islands
  • Solomon Islands
  • Oral health

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