Tag - Bangladesh

Is it possible to reduce tobacco use in Bangladesh?

For a long time to come, the country may have to continue external borrowings, just to retire or service old external debts and to keep bare minimum forex reserves. DHAKA – Reducing tobacco use is highly challenging in a country like Bangladesh, where there is widespread use of different forms of tobacco among men, women and...

Speakers emphasise strengthening tobacco control act

State Minister for the Ministry of Religious Affairs has called for strengthening the tobacco control act to save the country from the curse of nicotine addiction. “To save the country from the curse of tobacco, the tobacco control act must be further strengthened. When the honourable Prime Minister declared to rid the country of tobacco...

Bangladesh : To ban e-cigarette, current tobacco control act needs to be amended

A study conducted by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission recommends amending the Tobacco Control Act to ban the production, import-export, promotion, marketing and consumption of all emerging tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Many young people use e-cigarettes for style and the flavours. Many consider e-cigarettes help them quit smoking conventional cigarettes. Some perceive e-cigarettes to be less...

Bangladesh: Tobacco tax — for better public health or tobacco companies’ profitability?

The finance minister proposed a mega budget on the eve of the golden jubilee of independence of the country. Even though the budget offers some good features including increasing coverage of safety-net, reduction in corporate tax to boost industrial growth, ten years' tax holiday for establishing hospitals outside of big cities to incentivise decentralisation...

Bangladesh: Call for amending tobacco control law to ensure public health safety

Strong measures need to be taken for reducing tobacco use and turning Bangladesh into a tobacco-free country by 2040, say anti-tobacco campaigners  The existing tobacco control law of the country is not adequate and it should be amended in order to save the public from the harmful effects of tobacco products, according to experts. Anti-tobacco campaigners...

Report reveals tobacco industry’s moves to shape policy in Bangladesh

Government’s policy agenda in Bangladesh is still highly vulnerable to the interference of the tobacco industry, according to a study report revealed on Saturday. Tobacco companies have managed to exploit the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to the fullest for their benefit. The tobacco companies have particularly used their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) as a pretense to...

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