Smoking habit among Bangladesh secretariat staff

The paper assesses the smoking behaviour among the Bangladesh Secretariat Staff, Dhaka. The findings are based on interviewing 2008 respondents of whom 775 (38.6%) were reported to be smokers. Amongst the three categories of the respondents selected for interview, the prevalence of smoking was the highest (49%) for the respondents belonging to the lowest socio-economic group. The mean age at commencement of smoking was in the neighbourhood of 18 years. Majority of the smokers (76.5%) were motivated by their friends….


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