Smoking is one of the leading causes of death and two-thirds of the world’s smokers live in 10 countries, including Bangladesh. This study examines the trend and differentials in smoking in Chakaria, Bangladesh. Data from 2 surveys conducted in 1994 and 2008 in Chakaria were used. Results showed that smoking declined from 41% in 1994 to 27% in 2008. However, the decline was lower among the poor and the rate remained the same for the female illiterate. Interventions to prevent smoking need to be designed such that they are effective in disadvantaged groups and do not contribute to widening of socioeconomic inequalities in smoking prevalence and tobacco-related ill health and death.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health (2010) 23(5) 662-671, May 2010. [doi: 10.1177/1010539509351051]