Health Desk-- 21 May, 2018: Youths at a programme on Sunday demanded that the government impose higher taxes on tobacco and tobacco products to discourage its use all over the country.
According to a press release, the youths said the use of tobacco poses a big obstacle to improving the public health.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) organised the event titled “Youth leaders’ solidarity towards demand for increasing tobacco tax” in front of National Press Club in the capital.
Over a hundred scout leaders, doctors, other professionals, journalists and different NGO representatives participated in the event and expressed their solidarity with the demand for increasing tobacco tax.
The participants placed some specific demands including eliminating the cigarette’s 4 price slab-based (low-domestic, low-international, high & premium) tax system and fixing 2 price slabs for cigarette (low & high), removing filter and non filter tier in Bidi, removing X-factory price system for Jarda-Gul and imposing a specific excise tax on all tobacco products, increasing health development surcharge from 1 percent to 2 percent and formulization of an effective tax policy immediately instead of existing tobacco tax structure.
AID Foundation executive director Aminul Islam Bakul, Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids programme officer Ataur Rahman Masud were also present, among others, on the occasion.