'Continuous media reporting for enforcing amended TCA stressed'

‘Continuous media reporting for enforcing amended TCA stressed’

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Continuous media reporting could create strong public opinion for enforcing the amended Tobacco Control Act (TCA) to free the public places from smoking and use of other tobacco products, speakers said yesterday.They were addressing a regional meeting jointly organised by Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA), Progga, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
(CTFK) and Association for Community Development (ACD) at ACD’s Regional Office here.Regional level ATMA member journalists of the print, electronic and online media from Rangpur region participated in the meeting with ATMA member and Rangpur Correspondent of ATN Bangla and ATN News Mahbubul Islam in the chair.Media Liaison Officer Khandker Hsibuzzaman of Progga and Staff Reporter of the New Age Wasim Uddin Bhuiyan narrated different aspects of the amended TCA, grievous impacts of smoking in public places and success achieved so far by ATMA in the anti-tobacco campaign.They discussed the frequent violation of the amended TCA and steps for preventing its weaknesses and role of media for its proper enforcement to improve tobacco control situation in saving many human lives from tobacco catastrophes. Citing various weaknesses in the amended TCA, they forwarded suggestions to improve the situation in saving millions form catastrophic consequences of smoking in public places, transports and using non-smoking tobacco products. ATMA members Harunur Rashid Badal, Ujjal Chakroborty, Manik Sarker and Joynal Abedin suggested effective media role for enforcement of the amended TCA and urged the journalists for enhancing stronger reporting to create mass public awareness.
The participants asked the media workers for conducting their duties upholding professional obligation in creating public opinion and pressure on the concerned authorities for stopping smoking in all public places to save the nonsmoking people. Putting emphasis on filing more investigative reports on hazardous impacts of smoking in public places and using tobacco products, they asked the journalists to continue disclosing all these information and
slower pace in enforcing the amended TCA. The participants also suggested for inclusion of more ATMA members at the regional levels for further strengthening the anti-tobacco campaign to create public awareness against smoking in public places and using tobacco products. They stressed for disclosing the frequent violation of the amended TCA through objective media reporting to draw attention of the concerned authorities to ensure smoke-free public places and transports through enforcement of the amended TCA. -UNB, Rangpur

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