Bangladesh

Project and Country Background

Browse packs from Bangladesh

Bangladesh has a population of 158.5 million people; 26.2 percent of the adult population smoke tobacco products.1 An estimated 100,000 people in Bangladesh die each year from diseases caused by smoking.2

TPackSS worked with in-country collaborators to purchase cigarettes and bidis from three major cities: Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong. Within each city, packs were collected from a sample of 12 economically and socially diverse neighborhoods. Data collectors purchased one of every unique cigarette and bidi pack available from vendors randomly selected in each neighborhood. From September 23 to October 2, 2013, data collectors purchased 200 unique cigarette and bidi packs.

The tobacco packaging and labeling requirements in effect at the time of data collection were used to assess each tobacco pack’s compliance with the requirements.

Many forms of tobacco advertisement are banned... The only option the tobacco industry has left is to use the tobacco package to promote their products.

Dr. Nazrul Haque, BCCP Tobacco Control Programs Team Leader

Packaging and Labeling Requirements Summary

Data collection dates Type of warning Warning label size and layout Number of warnings to be displayed Rotation Rules for misleading descriptors Other requirements

Sept. 23 to Oct 2, 2013

[200 unique packs collected]

Text

30% of front, 30% of back

6

All labels are displayed concurrently and are intended to be replaced every 6 months

None

Warning may not be placed where they may be concealed by tax stamp or other marking

TBD

Picture and Text

50% of front, 50% of back

7

All labels are displayed concurrently and are intended to be replaced every 3 months

Some restrictions

Prohibits the concealment of health warnings by tax stamps or band rolls

The Smoking and Using of Tobacco Products (Control) Rules, 2006 also provide further guidance on tobacco control laws, to the extent that they do not contradict the provisions of the Act. The Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Rule, 2015 elaborates upon many of the provisions of the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act, 2005, as amended by Act No. 16 of 2013. Areas covered include: location and conditions of smoking areas; the use of tobacco products in films; duties of public place and public transport owners and managers; signage in smoke free environments; and requirements of pack warnings.3


  1. WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, Country profile Bangladesh. (2015). Retrieved April 21, 2016 from http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/policy/country_profile/bgd.pdf
  2. Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) Results by Location, Cause, and Risk Factor. Retrieved April 21, 2016 from http://ghdx.healthdata.org/global-burden-disease-study-2013-gbd-2013-data-downloads-full-results
  3. Packaging laws were retrieved from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Tobacco Control Laws Country Details for Bangladesh: Packaging and Labeling. (2015). Retrieved April 21, 2016 from http://tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/Bangladesh/pl-health-warnings