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dc.contributor.authorKhandker, Nusrat Nausheen
dc.contributor.authorBiswas, Tuhin
dc.contributor.authorKhan, Abdullah Nurus Salam
dc.contributor.authorHasib, Enamul
dc.contributor.authorRawal, Lal Bahadur
dc.identifier.citationKhandker, N. N., Biswas, T., Khan, A. N. S., Hasib, E., & Rawal, L. B. (2017). Socio-demographic characteristics and tobacco use among the adults in urban slums of dhaka, bangladesh. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 15(1)10.1186/s12971-017-0131-1en_US
dc.descriptionThis article was published in the Tobacco Induced Diseases [© 2017 The Author(s).] and the definitive version is available at: The Journal's website is at:,75897,0,2.htmlen_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: 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. Methods: 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. Result: 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. Conclusion: 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.en_US
dc.publisher© 2017 BioMed Central Ltd.en_US
dc.subjectUrban slumen_US
dc.titleSocio-demographic characteristics and tobacco use among the adults in urban slums of Dhaka, Bangladeshen_US
dc.contributor.departmentJames P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University

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