Why do Bangladeshi people use smokeless tobacco products?

Rahman, Muhammad Aziz, Mahmood, Mohammad Afzal, Spurrier, Nicola, Rahman, Mahmudur, Choudhury, Sohel Reza and Leeder, Stephen 2015, Why do Bangladeshi people use smokeless tobacco products?, Asia Pacific journal of public health, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. NP2197-NP2209, doi: 10.1177/1010539512446957.

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Title Why do Bangladeshi people use smokeless tobacco products?
Author(s) Rahman, Muhammad Aziz
Mahmood, Mohammad Afzal
Spurrier, Nicola
Rahman, Mahmudur
Choudhury, Sohel Reza
Leeder, Stephen
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of public health
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page NP2197
End page NP2209
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-03
ISSN 1941-2479
Keyword(s) smokeless tobacco
chewing tobacco
perceptions of smokeless tobacco use
perceptions of tobacco use
Summary Despite scientific evidence about the harmful effects of smokeless tobacco (SLT), it is widely used in Bangladesh. This study explored perceptions about health effects of SLT use. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 1812 nonsmoking adults. About 40% of the participants were current SLT users or had used SLT in the past. Family members' influence was the main factor for initiation. The participants believed that people continued using SLT because of addiction (52%) and as a part of their lifestyle (23%). The majority of participants (77%) did not mention any benefit, but SLT users considered it to be a remedy for toothache (P < .05). Almost all participants mentioned that SLT was harmful and causes heart disease, cancer, and tuberculosis. Doctors' advice was the common motivating factor to quit. Health promotion interventions should highlight the adverse effects of SLT use, which outweigh the perceived benefits, and should consider addressing the role of family in SLT initiation and use.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1010539512446957
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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