Government Policy

Govt determines free Bangladesh from tobacco to achieve SDG: Anisul

DHAKA, May 27, 2017 (BSS) - Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs

Minister Anisul Huq said today the government is determined to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) with freeing Bangladesh from tobacco by 2030.

"People should be aware about the menace of taking tobacco alongside

with execution of the laws to make Bangladesh from tobacco to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030," he was addressing a function as the chief guest at CIRDAP auditorium marking the World No Tobacco Day to be held on May 31.

He called upon the people to come forward in protest against taking tobacco publicly, saying, "If necessary cases can be filed with police stations to this end. In case of denying registration of cases in police stations, cases can be lodged with courts."

Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique stressed the need for introducing education against tobacco in the secondary and higher secondary education system in getting a positive result to fight tobacco and help to change people's mindset towards the menace.

Deputy Editor of the Bengali daily, Samokal, Mozammel Hossain presided over the function while coordinator of Progya, a private organization, Md Hasan Shahriar presented the keynote paper.

Progya this year distributed tobacco control journalism award among Golam Mortoza Jewel, chief reporter of a regional daily Dainik Kirtonkhola, Hamid-uz-Zaman Mamun, of Dainik Jugantor, Md Shafiqul Islam of Bangla Tribune, Parimol Palma of the Daily Star, Sushanta Sinha of Jamuna Television, private TV channel. Each of them got Taka 50,000 each, a crest and a certificate.

Sadik Ivan of an online newspaper BDnews24.com got special award in

child department. He was given Taka 10,000, crest and certificate.

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day

(WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco - a threat to

development."

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)