Smoking claims 57 thousands lives in a year

Fifty Seven thousand people are dying and 12 lakh people are being ill in a year and especially women are badly affected due to smoking. This information is revealed from a view exchanging meeting with media personalities, held at the Dhanmondi, Mission Bhaban Auditorium in the city on 2 October 2013.

Speakers opined, according to the amended tobacco control law, print and electronics media can play a significant role to keep smoke-free at public places and transports.

Speakers also informed, second-hand smoking is badly causing impact on women. This is why, they are suffering from different diseases including breast cancer.

Parliament member of constituency Dhaka-11 Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal MP was present as chief guest while President of Bangladesh Restaurant Owners Association Kamaruddin Ahmed, Media and Advocacy Coordinator of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Taifur Rahman and President of MANAS and Secretary of Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance (BATA) Dr Arup Ratan Choudhury were present as guests. DAM Assistant Director Iqbal Masud facilitated the programme.

It is mentionable that through a collective initiative with government Tobacco Control Law-2005 had been amended on 29 April 2013. In the amendment, a smoker is fined for tk 300 increasing from 50 and restaurants have been declared as public places. Notwithstanding, due to lack of public awareness, the campaign is not being implemented properly.

Dhaka Ahsania Mission, in line with tobacco control law, is implementing ‘Smoke Free Dhaka City’ project to boost up public health by keeping public places smoke free.