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United efforts for smoking-free Rangpur city stressed

United efforts for smoking-free Rangpur city stressed

Speakers at an advocacy meeting here on Sunday put maximum emphasis on
united efforts of all concerned in turning the public places and
transports in Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) area into smoking free.
The RCC authorities and Association for Community Development (ACD)
jointly organised the advocacy meeting at the RCC conference room with
its Panel Mayor Abul Kashem in the chair.
Chief Executive Officer of RCC Ruhul Amin Khan, its Secretary Fazlul
Kabir, Councilors Jafrin Islam Ripa, Jahangir Alam Tota, Sekendar Ali,
Mahbubar Rahman Manju, Tauhidur Rahman, Akram Hossain, Moktar Ahmed,
Haradhon Roy Hara, Badal Rahman and other RCC Councilors and officials
were present.
Focal Person of Rangpur Tobacco Control Coalition Shushanto Bhowmick,
Executive Director of Monoswita Samaj Kallyan Sangstha Mahmuda Begum
Sarifa, Programme Officer of ACD Hosne Ara Parveen Farzana and its
Community Mobilizer Rezaul Islam Raju were also present.
Programme Officer Hosne Ara Parveen Farzana presented keynote paper
narrating consequences of smoking, indirect smoking, smoking in public
places like transports, educational institutions, offices, hospitals,
clinics, hotels, restaurants and NGO offices.
Terming tobacco as the biggest human killer, she said every sixth
adult death is being caused by tobacco in Bangladesh where 43 per cent
adults are consuming cigarettes, bidi, smokeless or other tobacco
She said 57,000 people are dying annually consuming tobacco products
and 1.2 million suffering from lung cancer, cerebra-vascular, coronary
artery, chronic obstructive pulmonary and other tobacco-attributable
Besides, the nation spends Taka 51 billion every year in treating
patients suffering from tobacco-related diseases in one of the largest
tobacco consuming country of Bangladesh where 46 million adult people
are using tobacco in various forms, she said.
She asked all concerned for strictly implementing the guideline
prepared following the amended Tobacco Control Act-2013 in the RCC
area to stop smoking at all public places, transports band other
places in building a smoking free city.
In his speech, RCC Panel Mayor Abul Kashem called upon all concerned
for working unitedly for strict implementation of the amended Tobacco
Control Act-2013 and subsequent guideline to free public places and
transports from smoking in RCC area. -BSS, Rangpur