Evaluation of Tobacco Control Policies in Bangladesh

Bangladesh introduced its first comprehensive tobacco control act in 2005, in an attempt to address the country's high prevalence of tobacco use. Now policymakers need evidence of the impact of these policies and the likely impact of additional ones. This grant will allow researchers to undertake a three-year survey of smoking in a nationally representative sample of 2 500 households. The survey will apply the analytic framework and methods used in the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project coordinated by the University of Waterloo (Canada) and presently underway in 15 countries. It will thus facilitate cross-country comparison of the impact of tobacco control policies promoted by the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

The three-year evaluation is expected to shed light on such issues as the price elasticity of demand for tobacco products; the incidence and cost of tobacco-related illness; the prevalence of cross-border sales and smuggling of tobacco products; the impact of warning labels on smokers; the impact of policy measures on beliefs, attitudes, perceived risk, intention to quit, etc.; situational and individual factors that moderate the effects of tobacco control policies; and changes in the form of tobacco use. Researchers will also look at the extent to which FCTC policies vary in impact across the countries under study.

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Start Date

Friday, August 1, 2008

End Date

Saturday, June 30, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 565,111


Bangladesh, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Prof. S.M. Ashiquzzaman


University of Dhaka

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Project Leader

Prof. Geoffrey T. Fong


University of Waterloo

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