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Bangladesh Nutrition: Tobacco Cessation

Research by Enamul Hoque focuses on the costs and benefits of smokeless tobacco cessation among pregnant women in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has the highest prevalence of Smokeless Tobacco (SLT) among women in the world and perceptions of health benefits resulting from SLT use are widespread. Hoque’s solution is the introduction of a behavioral intervention that would educate women on the adverse health and pregnancy outcomes associated with SLT consumption. The study suggests that every Taka spent would generate a return to society of 7 Taka.