Tobacco uses increase deaths, hinder economic prosperity: experts

DHAKA Experts at a research findings dissemination

conference on tobacco control today observed that Non-Communicable Diseases

(NCDs) cause deaths or become life-long partners of tobacco users, thus

harming people and hindering sustainable development of the country's


They informed that a total of 161,000 people annually die in Bangladesh

due to diseases like heart attack and cancer caused for use of tobacco

products a major factor for NCDs.

They made the observations at the Research Findings Dissemination

Conference on Tobacco Control in Bangladesh, held at Lakeshore Hotel in the

city, said a press release.

Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS)

Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad spoke at the opening session of the day-long

conference as the chief guest.

The day-long conference was organized to unveil and disseminate the

findings of nine research projects five conducted by student researchers of

different public and private universities and four by experienced researchers

in different academic institutions and organizations.

Besides, 10 selected research studies were presented in the conference

through poster presentation.

President of the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh and Advisor of

the Bangladesh Tobacco Control Research National Professor Dr Brigadier (Rtd)

Abdul Malik chaired the opening session of the conference.

Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP), in collaboration

with the Institute for Global Tobacco Control Bangladesh Tobacco Control

Research Network (BTCRN) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

(JHSPH), Baltimore, USA, organised the conference.

Expressing his concerns over unsatisfactory progress and failure for

reducing the use of tobacco uses, Professor Azad urged all health workers for

strengthening their drive to check increase of the habit of smocking and uses

of other tobacco products.

He also stressed on the need for conducting more researches for

identifying the root causes of spread of tobacco uses and thus helps the

government to undertake effective measures to check that bad practice.

Abdul Malik said the country should eliminate NCDs in order to attain

economic prosperity and SDGs and reducing tobacco uses is a must for

achieving that milestone.

Tobacco industry is very powerful and they take very strategic steps to

promote the use of their products. Besides, users become addicted to

tobacco, he mentioned urging the parents and other to protect youths so that

they do not use tobacco.

Researches help a lot in identifying the actual situation and adverse

impact of uses of tobacco, he said mentioning that the government should

prepare a roadmap and take a national programme to bring effective results in

this area.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)