Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Thursday laid emphasis on launching awareness campaign across the country to educate people about the harmful effect of tobacco consumption, reports BSS.
“Consumption of tobacco and tobacco products cause different killer diseases……So, we have to create mass awareness among the people,” she made the comments when an anti-tobacco alliance called on her at the latter’s office here, an official release said.
The Speaker said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has declared to make Bangladesh tobacco-free country by 2041 for building a healthy nation.
She urged the people to extend their cooperation to supplement the efforts of the government to build a tobacco-free country.
In Bangladesh, at least 57 thousand people die each year from eight tobacco related diseases. The rate of tobacco use in Bangladesh is one of the highest in the world.
More than 43 percent of the adult population use tobacco in any form.
The anti-tobacco campaigners called upon the government to enforce the anti-tobacco law strictly to stop all forms of promotional campaign on tobacco and tobacco products aiming to protect the people from its harmful effects.