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Changes in tobacco use patterns during covid-19 and their correlates among older adults in bangladesh

Mistry, SK, Ali, ARMM, Rahman, MA, Yadav, UN, Gupta, B, Rahman, Muhammad and Huque, R 2021, Changes in tobacco use patterns during covid-19 and their correlates among older adults in bangladesh, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.3390/ijerph18041779.

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Title Changes in tobacco use patterns during covid-19 and their correlates among older adults in bangladesh
Author(s) Mistry, SK
Ali, ARMM
Rahman, MA
Yadav, UN
Gupta, B
Rahman, MuhammadORCID iD for Rahman, Muhammad orcid.org/0000-0003-1665-7966
Huque, R
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Article ID 1779
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
tobacco use
smoking
smokeless tobacco
COVID-19
Bangladesh
Summary The present study explored the changes in tobacco use patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic and their correlates among older adults in Bangladesh. This cross-sectional study was conducted among 1032 older adults aged ≥60 years in Bangladesh through telephone interviews in October 2020. Participants’ characteristics and COVID-19-related information were gathered using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire. Participants were asked if they noted any change in their tobacco use patterns (smoking or smokeless tobacco) during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to pre-pandemic (6 months prior to the survey). Nearly half of the participants (45.6%) were current tobacco users, of whom 15.9% reported increased tobacco use during the COVID-19 pandemic and all others had no change in their tobacco use patterns. Tobacco use was significantly increased among the participants from rural areas, who had reduced communications during COVID-19 compared to pre-pandemic (OR = 2.76, 95%CI:1.51–5.03). Participants who were aged ≥70 years (OR = 0.33, 95% CI: 0.14–0.77), widowed (OR = 0.36, 95% CI: 0.13–1.00), had pre-existing, non-communicable, and/or chronic conditions (OR = 0.44, 95% CI: 0.25–0.78), and felt themselves at the highest risk of COVID-19 (OR = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.15–0.62), had significantly lower odds of increased tobacco use. Policy makers and practitioners need to focus on strengthening awareness and raising initiatives to avoid tobacco use during such a crisis period.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph18041779
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30148213

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