‘Tobacco control law to be enforced in Rajshahi’

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

products.

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

chair.

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

products.

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

2040.

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)