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Research from the Health Education Authority shows that 70 per cent of Bangladeshi men aged between 50 and 74 smoke regularly, more than twice the national rate for the age group. But smoking rates among ethnic minority communities are lower than in the UK population as a whole. The HEA is looking at why smoking levels among some groups are high and intends to introduce a comprehensive strategy to reduce smoking among black and ethnic minority groups. Its smoking 'Quitline' is available in six Asian languages.

Black and Minority Ethnic Groups and Tobacco Use in England. 01235-465565.£4.