Strict enforcement of TCA in public places stressed

Strict enforcement of TCA in public places stressed

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Speakers at a meeting have stressed for strict enforcement of the
amended Tobacco Control Act (TCA) in public places to save thousands of nonsmokers from indirect smoking and human lives. They put special emphasis on creating public awareness about harms of using smoking and nonsmoking tobacco products and tobacco-related diseases those have been killing millions of people in the globe annually posing a real threat to human civilisation. Association for Community Development (ACD) and Rangpur Tobacco Control Coalition (RTCC) jointly organised the meeting for preparing annual plan on controlling smoking and using tobacco products on Tuesday afternoon at ACD Office in the city.Bloomberg Philanthropies, Campaign for Tobacco- Free Kids, and Consortium for Smoke Free Rajshahi and Rangpur Divisions assisted in arranging the annual planning meeting.With Focal Person of RTCC Shushanto Bhowmick in the chair, Project coordinator of ACD Ehsanul Amin Emon narrated harmful impacts of using smoking and nonsmoking tobacco products and the situation with enforcement of the amended TCA.With Member of the RTCC Professor Mohammad Shah Alam, Ali Ashraf,Ahsan Habib Rabu, Mahmuda Begum Sharifa, Litan Parvez, KM Ali Samrat and Mafiz Uddin Sarker took part in the discussion.The speakers said every sixth adult death is being caused by tobacco in Bangladesh where 43 percent adults, including 58 percent male and 29 percent female, are consuming cigarettes, bidi, smokeless or other tobacco products.Terming tobacco as the biggest human killer, they expressed severe concern over the fact that seven percent of 13-15 year age group adolescents are being addicted with smoking annually creating a real health hazard for the next generations.They also elaborately narrated the grievous hazards and impacts of tobacco products on human health, economy and environment and said there are 4,000 harmful substances in tobacco and 50 of them are responsible for causing various types of cancers.They said there is not a single benefit of tobacco and asked for strengthening activities of the RTCC, Anti Tobacco Task Force,
monitoring systems and strict enforcement of the amended TCA to reduce tobacco use for saving human lives.The speakers stressed for more awareness and responsibilities of the authorities concerned for stopping unabated violation of the amended TCA and conducting more mobile courts in public places to save the nonsmokers from indirect smoking. BSS, Rangpur

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