RPF 13/14 An analysis of the production and supply chain of smokeless tobacco in South Asia: a feasibility study

Project: Research project (funded)Internal pump-priming

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Key findings

This was a feasibility study of a novel research method based on interviewing the key actors of supply chain of smokeless tobacco and analysing its findings using standards set by the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control.
We were able to recruit 72% (130/180) of all supply chain actors approached. Findings indicate several loopholes in the existing taxation, regulatory and inspection systems. A significant proportion of smuggled and counterfeit smokeless tobacco products are available in the market. Most of these products are sold without recommended warnings, information on their ingredients, and manufacturers’ details. There appear to be no restrictions on sale of these products to minors. On the other hand, there are also several incentives built-in the supply chain that makes tobacco farming, smokeless tobacco manufacturing, and its sale a profitable business.
Our novel approach was successful in identifying and interviewing actors involved in its supply chain.
We published our findings in a leading peer-reviewed journal and now applying to funding to use this novel method to study and analyse smokeless tobacco supply chain.
Effective start/end date1/08/1331/07/14