POSTED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 10:04am
NBC News — In Myanmar, spitting out a popular nut is popular and common, but it is also a problem and a campaign is underway to stop it. A ban on spitting was proposed in late August to keep the streets of Myanmar clean. Chewing the Betel nut is common in Myanmar, but when the nuts are spit out it leaves a red stain.
It is considered unsightly and unhealthy. Public property and buildings are often damaged by the red stains and dentists say chewing the nuts, which are commonly coated with tobacco, is bad for the teeth and gums.