Health Desk-- May 4, 2017: Speakers at an anti-tobacco program on Thursday unequivocally called for imposing more taxes on tobacco for substantially reduce its use.
They also urged for a specific tax policy on tobacco to reduce consumption significantly. They added tobacco control media campaign could be the effective means of enforcement of the tobacco control law.
They came up with the call in the Rajshahi regional meeting of Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) held at the conference room of Association for Community Development (ACD). Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Bloomberg Philanthropies supported the event.
The media personals expressed their grave concern over gross violation of tobacco control law in Rajshahi region and urged the authorities concerned to take punitive measures to resist the violation.
Editor of Daily Sonali Sangbad Liakat Ali and Editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbarul Hassan Millat addressed the discussion as chief and special guests respectively with Executive Director of ACD Salima Sarwar in the chair.
Citing latest survey on tobacco uses Project Coordinator of ACD Ehsanul Haque Emon said around one lakh people are embracing death annually from tobacco-attributable diseases in Bangladesh.
Editor Liakat Ali called 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.