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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Tobacco control policy initiatives and UK resident Bangladeshi male smokers: community based, qualitative study

Ray Croucher, PhD, Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, Turner Street, London, E1 2AD, United Kingdom

Objective: to explore the potential impact of proposed tobacco control initiatives on UK resident Bangladeshi male smokers.

Methods: observational cross-sectional study using focus groups and one to one interviews in English and Sylheti. Eighty one men aged 18-64 years were recruited from the Bangladeshi community of Tower Hamlets, London (UK), during 2002. Participants were recruited to reflect their age, place of birth and tobacco use status.

Results: in addition to confirming the influence of tradition, culture and the family on smoking and tobacco use three key areas for tobacco control were reported to influence the success of cessation attempts: the workplace, the availability of alternative sources of tobacco and perceptions of nicotine replacement therapy. The absence of a regulatory framework in the workplace environment meant smoking was widely accepted. Alternative, cheaper forms of tobacco were readily accessible such as conventional roll-up tobacco or traditional South Asian chewing tobaccos in paan. Smuggled cigarettes were also available for purchase. Information about the availability and purpose of nicotine replacement therapy was limited. Feelings of isolation and exclusion from current smoking cessation initiatives were important in shaping responses by the participants to these three issues.