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ASTRA – Addressing Smokeless Tobacco and Building Research Capacity in South Asia

‌ASTRA is a world-class, international and interdisciplinary group, aiming to reduce the substantial burden of disease caused by smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco is responsible for thousands of deaths per year, but has so far been neglected in policy and research.

ASTRA’s international teams will carry out policy research and develop interventions to address the problems caused by smokeless tobacco use in South Asia. Our focus is on Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, where 80% of the world’s 300 million smokeless tobacco users live, and where the most harmful types of smokeless tobacco are favoured.

ASTRA is a three-year programme, with a budget of £2M, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, UK (NIHR).

Please visit ASTRA's website at for further information

This programme is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research, Project Number 17/63/76.

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