Dissemination of Findings of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Bangladesh 2017

WHO Bangladesh/ Syed Mahfuzul Huq

The Honorable Minister for Health and Family Welfare announced today, at a press briefing at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dhaka, the release of the findings of the GATS Bangladesh 2017. Many dignitaries – including Dr Bardan Jung Rana, WHO Representative to Bangladesh and Dr Kelly Henning, Director, Bloomberg Philanthropies and representatives of Government and other organizations working in tobacco control – attended the event. The Survey was carried out by Demography and Health Wing of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

The findings show that tobacco use prevalence significantly decreased from 43.3% in 2009 to 35.3% in 2017. Exposure to secondhand smoke in homes declined from 54.9% in 2009 to 39.0% in 2017. Also exposure in public places significantly declined from 79.7% to 49.7% in restaurants; from 62.2% to 42.7% in indoor areas of the work place; from 53.6% to 44.0% in public transportation, and from 23.8% to 12.7% in health care facilities in 2009 and 2017 respectively. These and other findings can be seen in the two fact sheets below – stand alone and comparison – which were released on the dissemination event.

WHO Bangladesh/ Syed Mahfuzul Huq

The survey is accomplished till now in 29 countries of the world where information is collected on tobacco use among people aged 15 years and above. In addition information is collected on key tobacco control measures. The survey follows a standard protocol and supports the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to generate comparable data across countries. Bangladesh is the tenth country to complete the second round of GATS. The first round was done in 2009.

The Survey field work started from September to November 2017. Trained data collectors used internet based electronic devices to collect data from 14 880 households of all the 64 districts of eight divisions.

WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided technical support to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics to conduct the Survey after request from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Fund was provided by the Bloomberg Initiative through CDC Foundation and WHO.