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Progga: Youth based campaign required to build a tobacco-free country

  • Published at 02:39 pm February 13th, 2019
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Activists from Progga, an anti-tobacco alliance, at a discussion held at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Speakers at the discussion pointed out that the goal of achieving a tobacco-free country will be delayed if the tobacco companies continue to interfere

Progga has called for implementation and amendments to the law to control the use of tobacco in Bangladesh. The organization also urged the youths to come forward to make the country tobacco-free. 

The anti-tobacco alliance made the statement at a discussion held at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Addressing the discussion, Progga Coordinator Mohammad Hasan Shahriar said: “Tobacco kills more than 161,000 people annually in Bangladesh. The poorest people living in the urban slums are more likely to smoke tobacco, compared to the wealthiest households in Bangladesh.” 

“According to the survey, compared to city residents, people living in villages smoke more,” said Shahriar, presenting the findings of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2017 report.

Shahriar further said: “Bangladesh aims to be tobacco-free by 2040 and for that, we all have to cooperate to reduce the use of tobacco. In 2003, Bangladesh also signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) with  World Health Organization (WHO).” 

Other speakers at the discussion pointed out that the goal of achieving a tobacco-free country will be delayed if the tobacco companies continue to interfere.

The speakers added that young consumers are being targeted by local and multinational tobacco companies, so the youth of the country have to be more conscious about the harmful effects of tobacco.

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