Demand for speedy passage of draft Tobacco Control Act

About 3.78 million adults in Bangladesh use tobacco. More than 1 lakh 61 thousand people die prematurely in the country every year due to diseases related to tobacco use. In such a situation, the Dhaka Ahsaniya Mission has demanded the speedy passage of the draft amendment to the Tobacco Control Act.

This demand was announced in a press conference organized at Jahur Hossain Chowdhury Hall of the National Press Club on Tuesday. It was reported there that 3 crore 84 lakh people do not smoke but are constantly exposed to indirect smoke in various public transport and public places.

The chief project director of the organization Shariful Islam read the main article in the press conference. It said that the existing law had scope for having designated areas for smoking in public transport and public places. This clause has been deleted in the proposed amendment. The use of e-cigarettes is increasing in the country. But the existing law does not say anything about e-cigarettes. The amendment bans e-cigarettes.

In the press conference, Member of Parliament and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Jasad) General Secretary Shirin Akhtar said that work is going on to create awareness so that the next generation does not get used to copper. The issue of amending the law is being looked at seriously.

It was informed at the press conference that the Ministry of Health has recently prepared a draft for further amendments to the ‘Smoking and Tobacco Use Control Act 2005 (Amended in 2013)’. The draft was opened for stakeholder comments on the website of the National Tobacco Control Cell till July 16. The amendment proposals received widespread public support. More than 15 thousand organizations and citizens expressed their support for this amendment.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission held a press conference demanding the speedy passage of the draft amendments to the Tobacco Control Act. National Press Club, Dhaka, 20 September