Socio-demographic characteristics and tobacco use among the adults in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh
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James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Health Systems and Population Studies Division, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Lal B Rawal   

James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Submission date: 2016-07-22
Acceptance date: 2017-04-21
Publication date: 2017-05-05
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2017;15(May):26
Use of tobacco has become one of the major causes of premature deaths in most developing countries, including Bangladesh. The poorest and most disadvantaged populations, such as those living in slums, are considered to be extremely vulnerable to non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, especially tobacco use. The objective of this study was to assess the current status of tobacco consumption among slum dwellers and its association with socio-demographic factors.

A cross-sectional study was conducted in three slums of Dhaka city. Information about tobacco use as well as socio-demographic characteristics was collected from adult slum dwellers via face to face interviews using WHO STEPS questionnaire.

Overall proportion of smoking, smokeless tobacco consumption and dual use of tobacco was 35% [95% CI: 31.6-39.8], 40.6% [95% CI: 36.5–45.2] and 12% [95% CI: 9.3–15.0] respectively. Elderly people (55–64 years) were more likely to smoke (OR: 2.34, 95% CI: 1.21–4.49) than younger people (aged 25–34 years). On the other hand, those who had no schooling history (OR: 2.95, 95% CI: 1.66–5.25) were more likely to consume smokeless tobacco than those who had higher education (secondary or above). At the same time, manual workers were more likely to indulge in dual use of tobacco (OR: 5.17, 95% CI: 2.82–9.48) as compared to non-manual workers.

The urban slum population of Dhaka city has a high prevalence of tobacco use, which increases their likelihood of developing non-communicable diseases. Proper attention needs to be directed towards addressing the risk factors related to non-communicable diseases within this vulnerable population.

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