Major tobacco companies in Bangladesh include British American Tobacco, Dhaka Tobacco (under Akij Group), Abul Khair Tobacco, and Nasir Tobacco.
Bangladesh ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on June 14, 2004.
Smoke-free environments: Bangladesh has a complete smoking ban in healthcare facilities and educational facilities. Smoking is also banned in other workplaces and public places, however the law allows for designated smoking areas.
Advertising, promotion and sponsorship: Bangladesh does not have a comprehensive national ban on advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Tobacco companies are permitted to advertise through international print media, at point-of-sale, and on the Internet among other mediums.
Warning labels: Warnings are text-only and cover 30 percent of the front and back of packages. Warnings are not applied to smokeless tobacco products.
Tobacco taxes: Tobacco taxes in Bangladesh are below the rate recommended by the World Bank (from 65 percent to 80 percent of retail price) that is commonly present in countries with effective tobacco control policies. Bidis in particular are available at very low prices.
Forum for Development Association (FFDA)
Law and Society Trust, Bangladesh (LSTB)
Bangladesh Health Foundation
"Appetite for Nicotine: An Economic Analysis of Tobacco Control in Bangladesh." World Health Organization (WHO) Tobacco Free Initiative. (Ali, Z, Rahman, A, Rahman, T. Nov. 2003).