Despite tobacco being an important source of tax revenue, the government and anti-tobacco groups continue to make efforts to reduce its consumption with the aim to eliminate tobacco from the country by 2040. However, there are still many tobacco users due to the wide availability of low-priced cigarettes, bidis and smokeless tobacco.
The lockdown measures taken to control the spread of COVID-19 in Bangladesh took a heavy toll on the country’s economic activity in 2020, with unemployment and poverty levels estimated to have risen sharply. This led consumers to trade down to cheaper brands and products.
In Bangladesh, smoking is regarded as a bad habit and young people do not tend to smoke in front of older people. The majority of Bangladeshis are Muslim, and many consider the use of tobacco to be makrooh (a disliked or offensive act) under Islamic law.
Although Bangladesh is one of the largest consumers of tobacco in the world, the country’s domestic tobacco industry accounts for a small proportion of total tobacco leaf produced (considered to be about 1%). Domestic manufacturers include Akij Group, which was acquired by Japan Tobacco Inc in 2018 and which produces Akij Biri; Abul Khair Leaf Tobacco which produces lower-band Marise and Super Kings White; Alpha Tobacco Company with brands such as Boss, Brigade, Caesar, Purbani, Ranger, Senor Gold, and The President; Nasir Gold Tobacco Company which is known for its Nasir Gold and Nasir Biri brands, and Sonali Tobacco which is known for its Sunmun brand.
The tobacco industry faced few problems during the pandemic with production and supply as tobacco was included on the list of the Essential Commodities Act formulated in 1956 during the Pakistan period and which has yet to be changed. The industry even received incentives from the COVID-19 stimulus fund.
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