4 1.5 million people in health risk due to tobacco use

41.5 million people are in health risk due to the use of smokeless and smoking tobacco in the country. 98 percent drug users started their addiction with the Bidi and Cigarette. Tobacco is being cultivated in 77 hector of lands every year.

These information are revealed from a discussion meeting organized by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), in cooperation with Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids at Mission Bhaban Auditorium in the city on 1 June 20113.

Speakers of the meeting said, Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Bill (Amendment) 2013 has been passed at National Parliament recently but rules formulation is still underway. Every sector will have to keep a keen eye that any tobacco company can not to hamper rules formulation process.

Bangladesh is one of the tobacco users among highest 10 user countries in the world. 57,000 people die and 3,82,000 people braced disabled life due to tobacco use.

All signatories of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are asked, according to the treaty, to stop patronizing and advertising of all types of tobacco completely within 5 years. It is proved that if advertisement of tobacco becomes prohibited completely, tobacco users and beginners in this connection will be reduced drastically.

DAM President Kazi Rafiqul Alam presided over the meeting while Chief health officer of Dhaka South City Corporation Brigadier General Md Abdullah-Al-Harun, chief health officer of Dhaka North City Corporation Brigadier General Afzalur Rahman and the Deputy Secretary of Health Ministry and programme manager (tobacco control) Azam-e-Sadat were present as special guests. Project Manager of World Health Organization, Amin Ul Ahsan presented the key-note paper. Assistant Director of DAM Iqbal Masud delivered the welcome address.

It is mentionable that every year World No Tobacco Day is observed on 31 May. This year the theme of the day is ‘Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship’.