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Smoking free environment vital for development of tourism : Speakers

Speakers at a virtual meeting today called for ensuring hundred percent smoking free environments in hotel and restaurants for expansion of country’s tourism industry.

They observed that the existing tobacco control law needs to be amended in this regards, a press release said.

The opinion was stated at the program titled “Role of Media in Building Tobacco Free Bangladesh 2040” organized by Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB) and Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM).

DAM Tobacco Control Project Coordinator Md. Shariful Islam presented the keynote paper while ATJFB President Nadira Kiron in the chair.

ATJFB General Secretary Md. Tanzim Anwar, Lead policy Advisor of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Bangladesh Md. Mostafizur Rahman addressed the meeting, conducted by DAM Media Manager (tobacco control Project) Rezaur Rahman Rizvi.

Imports and sales controls or bans are not included in the law while illustrating health warnings thus fail to play an effective role in determining the packaging size of all tobacco products, and tobacco companies ‘social responsibility programs’ activities are not banned, said the release.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)