obacco users have declined significantly in Bangladesh in the last eight years amid signs that anti-tobacco measures yielded benefits, according to a new survey.
Experts, however, warned against complacency as there are examples in the world that tobacco consumption rose after an initial decline. Japan Tobacco’s entry to Bangladesh also worries them.
Health Minister Mohammed Nasim unveiled a factsheet of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2017 conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics with the support of the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the US.
It showed that the consumption rate among the population aged 15 and above have dropped to 35.3 percent in 2017 from 43.3 percent in 2009 when the first GATS was done.
The reduction was mostly among the men -- 46 percent down from 58 percent. Among women, it was reduced to only 25.2 percent from 28.7 percent as the smokeless tobacco which women mostly chew did not decrease, compared to smoking products.
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