Nass

COMMON NAMES:

Naswar, niswar

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF USE:

Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Baluchistan (India)

PRODUCT CONSTITUENTS:

Nass: tobacco, ash, cotton or sesame oil, water, and sometimes gum. Naswar and niswar: tobacco, slaked lime, indigo, cardamom, oil, menthol, water.

HOW USED:

Held in the mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. Naswar is sometimes chewed slowly. This product has been categorised as a tobacco product for oral use and the supply is prohibited

WHO USES:

Information not available.

PROCESSING / MANUFACTURING:

Sun- and heat-dried tobacco leaves, slaked lime, ash from tree bark, and flavoring and coloring agents are mixed together. Water is added and the mixture is rolled into balls.

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Page updated: 21 Mar 2016