Tobacco farming needs to be replaced: Nasim

Tobacco farming needs to be replaced: Nasim

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Dhaka: Health Minister Mohammed Nasim on Thursday stressed that tobacco farming needs to be stopped immediately through working out an alternative option for the livelihoods of tobacco farmers.
While addressing a roundtable, titled ‘Tuberculosis and Tobacco: Double Burden’ in the city, the Health Minister said tobacco is one of the major risk factors for tuberculosis. UNB News Agency Reported.
The roundtable was jointly organised by BRAC and Samakal where Dr Mojibur Rahman, coordinator of National Tuberculosis Control Programme presented the key concept paper.
It stated that 23 percent of the country’s population consumes tobacco through smoking among which 44.7 percent is male and 1.5 per cent is female.
It was also seen that 26.4 percent male and 27.9 percent female consume tobacco in other ways.
Nasim said, “I think this roundtable will be successful if all three of these ministries sit together to figure out a more integrated approach to combat tuberculosis.”
Director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Abul Kalam Azad, line director of National Tuberculosis Control Programme Dr Shahid Md Sadiqul Islam, joint secretary and coordinator of National Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of Health Muhammad Ruhul Quddus, and director of BRAC’s TB, Malaria and WASH Programme Dr Md Akramul Islam, among others, took part in the discussion.
The participants also suggested increasing mass awareness, prohibiting tobacco ads, no exemption of tax on tobacco products, reducing tobacco production and supply, farmers and banning smoking in public places as the most effective ways to reduced tobacco consumption.

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