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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 352-356

Smokeless tobacco use in Nepal

1 World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi, India
2 National Health Education, Information and Communication Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal

Correspondence Address:
D N Sinha
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.107728

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Tobacco use is widely prevalent in different forms in Nepal. These habits are deeply rooted among different age groups and gender. There is no information available on all aspects of smokeless tobacco (SLT) use and its implications in Nepal. To review the types of SLT products available in Nepal, prevalence of SLT use, correlates of SLT use, SLT-related harm, and existing gaps in information and policy implications. This review is mainly based on information from literature, and some WHO and other documents. The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use is high, particularly among males and disadvantaged groups. SLT users have multiple habits of tobacco chewing, smoking and drinking. Despite SLT products being manufactured in the unorganized sector, they are also largely imported from India. People have easy access to various SLT products. There is a general lack of information on the health hazards of SLT use to the population. This calls for research on the issue. In order to succeed in reducing SLT use in Nepal, addressing the challenges of enforcing the Tobacco Control Act through a multisectoral approach and developing capacity of sectors other than health is of vital importance.


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