Strict implementation of TCA stressed
10 October 2015, Nirapad News: There is no alternative to strict implementation of the amended Tobacco Control Act (TCA) to discourage consumption of tobacco products for ensuring public health security and saving human lives.
The opinion came at a post-leaflet distribution campaign discussion arranged in observance of the National Tobacco Free Day-2015 at Development Organisation for Rehabilitation Programme (DORP) office here on Friday afternoon.
The day was observed with a call for formation of ‘Health Promotion Foundation’ by the government for controlling tobacco, preventing non-communicable diseases and ensuring rights to health of every citizen.
Self-help and Advancement Development Organisation (SHADO), DORP, Hitoishi Bangladesh, Gano Polli Unnayan Sangstha (GPUS), VPO, SHARE, Association for Community Development (ACD), Pirgachha Samaj Unnayan Sangstha (PSUS) and other rights-based organisations jointly organised the programmes.
Presided over by Executive Director of DORP SM Meraj Uddin, Regional Coordinator of Hitoishi Bangladesh and Member- Secretary of Rangpur unit of Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB) Ahsan Habib Rabu moderated the discussion.
Executive Director of SHADO Sarwar Jamil Khandker, Executive Director of GPUS Azizul Haque Pramanik, Executive Director of VPO Shahjahan Ali, Director of SHARE Debashish Das, Executive Director of PSUS Mizanur Rahman, Regional Officer of ACD Rezaul Islam Raju, civil society members Korban Ali, Litan Parvez Munna and Taufiqul Islam, addressed.
The speakers said 46 million people are now using tobacco products in Bangladesh where 43 percent of adult people, including 58 percent male and 29 percent female, and also 13 percent adolescents consuming cigarettes, bidi, smokeless or other tobacco products.
Over 60,000 people are dying consuming tobacco products annually and 12 lakh suffering from lung cancer, cerebra- vascular, coronary artery, and chronic obstructive pulmonary and other tobacco-attributable diseases in the country.
They termed Bangladesh as one of the biggest tobacco consuming countries in the world with still minimum prices of tobacco products and expressed concern over the fact that every sixth adult person is dying here from tobacco related diseases.
They stressed strict implementation of the amended TCA, increasing prices and imposing higher taxes on tobacco products as tobacco use has become a grievous concern as the younger generations have been consuming those at higher rates.
They asked for comprehensives efforts in creating awareness about tobacco hazards and related killer diseases to reduce consumption of tobacco products with an ultimate goal of banning cultivation of tobacco, production and use of all tobacco products.