RAJSHAHI District administration will launch fight
against all sorts of illegal advertisements and publication of the
multinational tobacco companies in the district in line with enforcement of
tobacco control law.
This was revealed in a view sharing meeting with executive magistrates on
enforcement of tobacco control law here today.
District administration organized the meeting at its conference hall in
association with Association for Communication Development (ACD) aiming to
stop all sorts of advertisement and publicity campaign on tobacco and tobacco
Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque and Deputy Director of Local Government
Division Parvez Raihan addressed the meeting as chief and special guests
respectively with Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Nazrul Islam in the
Additional Deputy Commissioner Shariful Haque, newly joined ADM Abu Aslam
and Grants Manager of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Abdus Salam Mian also
addressed the meeting.
In his presentation, Shariful Islam Shamim, advocacy officer of ACD,
narrated various demerits of smoking and uses of other smokeless tobacco
He said imposing restriction on smoking in public places and transports is
very important for protecting many non smokers from various non communicable
diseases caused by smoking.
Use of tobacco items cause many non communicable diseases like cancers,
heart disease, stroke, diabetes, tuberculosis and chronic respiratory
disorder. Some tobacco companies are expanding their market through
promotional activities in the name of corporate social responsibilities,
which must be stopped, he added.
Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque said the government has amended the law
to make it more stringent because of growing tobacco use in the country. As
per the law, the selling of cigarettes to those below 18 has been banned.
He said mobile courts will be conducted against all sorts of violations of
the law, adding the district administration will supplement Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina's announcement of freeing the country from tobacco uses by
The announcement comes as encouragement for field level administrative
officials for combating the violation of the amended tobacco control law to
protect public health from various non contagious diseases caused by tobacco
uses, he added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)