Health Desk--18 August, 2018: A total of 42.7 per cent people in the country are being affected by passive smoking in their workplaces, according to a Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2017.
“Tobacco users have declined by 20.3 per cent in Bangladesh in last seven years. In 2009 the rate was 63 per cent and in 2007 it was 42.7,” the survey said.
Tobacco consumers have also declined by eight per cent in the last eight years which indicated anti-tobacco measures yielded the benefits.
The GATS survey was conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the US.
The result is the outcome of the tireless efforts of the government for reducing the tobacco consumption rate among people, Director General (DG) of Director General Health Services (DGHS) Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad told BSS.