Betelnut – Myanmar’s deadly habit

YANGON: As he manoeuvres his taxi through the barely moving traffic of downtown Yangon, Myo Min Htaike’s jaw methodically pounds a pulpy mass of nuts and tobacco, his teeth stained a dark blood-red. Plying his trade in the seemingly eternal gridlock of Myanmar’s now booming commercial hub, he is more than used to spending long […]

Car-choked Yangon aims to ride the rails to transport revolution

YANGON (AFP) – Trains chug around Yangon’s circular railway at a stately pace barely faster than a brisk walk, but this creaking relic of colonial times is at the heart of plans for a public transport revolution in the traffic-choked metropolis. Rush hour spills a throng of passengers towards Kyi Kyi Win’s cigarette stand at […]

Govt Crackdown on Imported Alcohol Intensifies, to Concern of Retailers

YANGON — In the past week, the Ministry of Commerce has intensified its crackdown on what it deems illegally imported alcohol, sparking further unrest among retailers, including Myanmar’s biggest supermarket chain City Mart. Most retailers have now stopped sales of foreign booze out of fear for being raided, leading to a shortfall of liquor supplies […]

Big tobacco eyes Myanmar market

A smoky haze greets customers walking into any of Yangon’s tea shops as patrons light up hand-rolled cigarettes known locally as cheroots. Elsewhere in Myanmar’s main city, vendors sell cheap cigarettes smuggled from China to drivers stopped at traffic lights. The pavement is painted red with the spit of people chewing tobacco wrapped in betel […]