Health Desk--- Oct 26, 2017: Declaring Bangladesh secretariat a smoke-free zone, the cabinet division has asked the secretaries of all the ministries to make sure that no one smokes in the country's administrative hub, reports UNB.
The division has sent the copies of a letter to all the secretaries recently asking them to implement the directive issued following a request made by the health and family welfare ministry.
As part of prime minister Sheikh Hasina's announcement to bring the tobacco consumption to a zero level by 2040, health services division secretary Serajul Huq Khan made the request in a letter sent to the cabinet secretary M Shafiul Alam on 2 October.
Serajul in this connectionsaid the cabinet division in response to their request issued a letter asking all the secretaries to keep the secretariat free from smoking. "It's possible to make the secretariat smoke-free if all the secretaries take effective measures as per the directive of the cabinet secretary," he said.
Mentioning that the National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) under the health ministry is working to cut the consumption of tobacco to the zero level, the health services division secretary said smoking will be eliminated from all the offices if the secretariat, the administrative hub, effectively implements the tobacco control law.