Health Desk-- April 29, 2017: Anti-tobacco activists have stressed on imposing heavy taxation on all tobacco products to discourage consumption of those for saving thousands of human lives annually.
They made the observation at a regional meeting of Rangpur regional unit of Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) with assistance of Association for Community Development (ACD) at its Regional Office in Rangpur on Thursday.
With ATMA member and Kurigram Correspondent of the Daily Star Abdul Wahed in the chair, the ATMA member journalists of the print, electronic and online media from Rangpur region participated in the meeting.
Citing latest survey of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Project Coordinator of ACD Ehsanul Haque Emon said around one lakh people are embracing death annually from tobacco-attributable diseases in Bangladesh.
The ATMA members demanded for cancelling the present slab-based taxation system on cigarettes and suggested for imposing specific taxes of 70 percent of retail price for every packet of cigarettes.
They demanded for cancelling tariff system for taxation on ‘bidi’, ‘Jorda’ and ‘Gul’ and suggested for imposing 70 percent of retail price as flat tax rate for every packet and imposing two percent heath development surcharge on all tobacco products.
Central committee member of ATMA and Rangpur Correspondent of the ATN News and ATN Bangla Mahbubul Islam was the chief guest. Regional committee members of ATMA Liyakat Ali Badal, Rafikul Islam, Kashi Kumar Das, ABS Litan, Merina Lovely, Asaduzzaman Asad, Harun-Ar-Rashid Badal, Sultan Ahmed, Khorshed Alam Sarker, among others, addressed.