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Country Desk
Development activists and volunteers unequivocally called for ending manufacturing and marketing of illegal cigarettes and bidi for protecting the public health from various non-
contagious diseases.
They observed that marketing and selling of low quality and substandard cigarettes and bidi has been posing a serious threat to the public health, particularly youths and poor population.
They made this observation while addressing a human-chain and street corner meeting at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point in Rajshahi city yesterday. A number of non-government and volunteer organizations arranged the meetingputting forward the demands. Chaired by President of Women Handicrafts Development Organisation Anjuman Ara Lipi, the meeting was addressed, among others, President of Swa-Unnayan Mustafiizur Rahman Khan, General Secretary of Rural and Urban Development Organization Sohag Ali, valiant freedom fighter Minhaj Uddin, General Secretary of Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Paraishad Jamat Khan and Member Secretary of Progotishil Nagorik Sanghati Shah Ziauddin.
The speakers mentioned that the government has hiked price of cigarettes and bidi and introduced pictorial health warning on packets to discourage the public in general from tobacco uses.
Later, they submitted memorandum to the offices of divisional commissioner, deputy commissioner, superintendent of police and commissioner of customs, excise and vat seeking effective measures against the existing misdeeds.