Tobacco cultivation and poverty in Bangladesh: Issues and potential future directions
Publication Source

World Health Organization

South-East Asia
Economy status
Lower-middle-income economies

The Government of Bangladesh has taken many strong initiatives to reduce tobacco use in Bangladesh. In 2003, the Government signed the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, followed by ratification of the Convention in 2004. In 2005, the Government passed a comprehensive tobacco control law, and in 2006, passed the rules to accompany the law. The main focus of government policy has been on demand-side measures. Reducing supply will not necessarily lead to a reduction in tobacco use, as tobacco is also imported from other countries. However, the plight of low-income tobacco farmers merits further attention, as do the negative impacts of tobacco growing on farmers’ health and on the fertility of the land.