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E-cigarette: Threat of new dimension of tobacco - marketing, distribution and availability in Dhaka city
 
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Tobacco Control and Research CELL, Dhaka International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Dhaka International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Md Bazlur Rahman   

Dhaka International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Publish date: 2019-10-12
 
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2019;17(Suppl 1):A75
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Objectives:
Currently 37.8 million peoples are using tobacco in Bangladesh. Current user of electronic cigarettes in Bangladesh is 0.2 %. Overall 66.2 % adults both men and women current use tobacco but thinking about quitting. The objectives of the study were to identify the market, import, distribution, promotion strategy and pricing policy of e-cigarette in Bangladesh.

Methods:
Cross sectional study design, qualitative and quantitative approaches, purposive sampling techniques were used to conduct the study. Semi-structured Questioner was used collect the primary data and Observational methods and in-depth interview were used to collect qualitative information.

Results:
The study found that most of the E-cigarette shops are situated nearby university area. The team found 15 big e-cigarette shops in 4 market area most of the seller started their business within 1-2 years. They sell their product mostly in two ways - one is direct sales and in the other they use online shopping system. Average device was found between 6 to10 types and the price between 550 to 35,000 BDT and the liquid price is 350 to 24,000 BDT. Their market has been rapidly expanding using aggressive marketing tactics.

Conclusions:
Bangladesh is the first signatory country of FCTC but still now e-cigarette is un-regulated product and Tobacco Control Law has no specific definition regarding e-cigarette that’s why the company aggressively marketing their products. So, Government should ban importing and amendment the law for protecting peoples from danger of tobacco.

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