The tobacco enterprise teams all the time take into account their revenue. However a bigger sum of cash is being spent on the remedy of tobacco-related illnesses than the income the federal government earns from this sector.
— Dr ABM Abdullah Private doctor of PM
The federal government ought to amend the tobacco management act as quickly as doable to cut back untimely deaths linked to the consumption of tobacco merchandise, Prof Dr ABM Abdullah, private doctor of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, stated at a roundtable yesterday.
He made the remarks at “The Present Standing of Tobacco Management Act and Duties to Do”, collectively organised by Bangladesh Well being Reporters’ Discussion board and the Nationwide Coronary heart Basis on the well being directorate headquarters within the capital’s Mohakhali.
“There is no such thing as a profit to utilizing tobacco. Slightly, it causes various kinds of illness, which kill round 450 individuals day by day within the nation. So, the act must be amended,” stated Abdullah, who can also be a College Grant Fee professor.
Tax must be elevated on tobacco merchandise. If the tax quantity is doubled, round Tk 8-10 crore collected as taxes will be added to the well being sector price range.
— Prof Dr Ahmedul Kabir Further DG at well being directorate
Stressing the need to forestall smoking, Abdullah directed the authorities to cross an act to “ban” tobacco merchandise, similar to jarda and gul.
The tobacco enterprise teams all the time take into account their revenue, stated the professor. “However a bigger sum of cash is being spent on the remedy of tobacco-related illnesses than the income the federal government earns from this sector,” he added.
Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, director normal of well being directorate, highlighted the well being affect of tobacco.
“A smoker must stop smoking for no less than every week earlier than any surgical procedure as using anaesthesia dangers their lives. Nonetheless, we should not have any selection in case of emergency surgical procedures,” he stated.
Emphasising the significance of mass consciousness on this regard, he proposed integrating the message into authorities campaigns and ads.
Prof Dr Ahmedul Kabir, extra director normal (planning and improvement) on the well being directorate, proposed elevated taxation on tobacco merchandise.
“If the tax quantity is doubled, round Tk 8-10 crore collected as taxes will be added to the well being sector price range,” he stated.
Prof Sohel Reza Chowdhury, head of epidemiology and analysis division at Nationwide Coronary heart Basis and Analysis Institute, introduced a keynote on the occasion.
In his keynote, he said that tobacco kills 1.61 lakh individuals within the nation yearly, which is round 19 p.c of all deaths.
“Tobacco consumption, normally, results in cardiovascular illnesses,” he stated.
He additionally defined the need for a stricter modification of various sections of the present Smoking and Utilizing of Tobacco Merchandise (Management) Act, 2005, amended in 2013.
Smoking is now prohibited in chosen public locations and on public transport. A ban on the commercial of tobacco merchandise was additionally imposed, and a mandate was issued to make sure well being warnings on product packages.
Moderated by Rashed Rabbi, president of Bangladesh Well being Reporters Discussion board, well being reporters from totally different media homes attended the occasion.