(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The health effects of the new trend, called "dokha," have yet to be fully studied, and the tobacco blend, common elsewhere in the MENA region, is so far only available informally in Lebanon.A representative from Bin Khumery told The Daily Star via email that the company used to have a supplier in Lebanon, but the business's activity in the country has been suspended for the past 52 years, making dokha difficult to obtain.Therefore, many users in Lebanon buy the blend from expats, who in turn purchase it in bulk from the UAE for resale.Twenty-one-year-old Marwan, not his real name, is a well-known dokha seller among AUB students, having taken over his brother's business in 2014, when he arrived in Lebanon from Dubai to start his university degree. Pierre Hedari, the head of the export and import department who personally refused the request, told The Daily Star that two requests to sell dokha had been turned down.Most users who spoke with The Daily Star assume that dokha must be at least better for the body than cigarettes, because it is typically smoked less frequently.
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