Study Findings Dissemination Seminar on Standardized Pack for Smokeless Tobacco in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, evidence shows that 21% of the adults use smokeless tobacco (SLT), with the highest rates of use among women, rural & low-income groups. Zordha and Gul are the most popular forms of SLT and are sold in a wide variety of shapes (e.g., cylindrical, sachets), sizes (in grams), and packaging material (e.g., plastic, tin). Product shape, size, packaging, and branding (e.g., color, imagery, claims) can influence consumers’ attraction to products and perceptions of harm from their use. The variation in shape and size of SLT products can also limit compliance with required graphic health warning labels covering 50% of the top principal area on the front and back of the pack.

Under the above-mentioned circumstances, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA, BCCP conducted a study titled "Bangladeshi's perceptions of a standardized shape and size for smokeless tobacco". Similarly, another study has been conducted by UBINIG titled "Standardized Packaging for Smokeless Tobacco Products in Bangladesh" in collaboration with the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids (CTFK).

In order to share the findings of the studies, a seminar will be held with the schedule mentioned below:

Date: 9th March 2022
Time: 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Place: CIRDAP Auditorium

Kazi Zebunnessa Begum, Additional Secretary (World Health), Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has provided her kind consent to attend the seminar as the Chief Guest. In-country tobacco control experts will speak at the seminar as Panelists.