Combating tobacco by banning promotional campaign, continue surcharges for protecting public health
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Nice Foundation, Khulna, Bangladesh
Ministry of Public Administration, Khulna, Bangladesh
Publication date: 2021-09-02
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M. Mujibur Rahman   

Nice Foundation, Khulna, Bangladesh
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2021;19(Suppl 1):A115
Last 12 years working on the tobacco control by creating public awareness. The tobacco company changes their position and stand silently to publicity of the new brands and products by using low quality materials. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) silently brocken the tobacco laws of Bangladesh using the words\"" Quality Japan\"", the hidden publicity of cigarettes. Public awareness raised by involving civil society, journalists, lawyers, local administration and medias. It has contributed in tobacco control ratification, formation of national, district and Upazila Task Force, increasing tobacco tax regularly and implementation of GHW). The challenges of sustainable funding is severe as these activities are managed with the help of WHO.

Mobilizing local authority for banning the public ad on promoting cigarettes by using fake words "quality Japan".

Collecting information from JTI, Tobacco Alliance, Task Forces and WHO, public awareness were created to make movement. Many sessions, workshop, advocacy meeting, rally, Press conference at Upazila and District level were conducted by involving alliances, 23 active national and local NGOs to change the laws. Finally position paper were submitted to Deputy Commissioners who engaged a dedicated 1st class Magistrate for taking actions against the JTI and Tobacco law breakers. The earlier experiences gained through advocacy with policy makers, electronic and print media, executives of the government and political leaders for continuing 2% surcharges on tobacco products.

Given the priority to public health, the Government were asked to continue 1% HDS on all tobacco products The JTI compelled to modify their transport and the penalties are continued if it repeats. The Magistrate engaged one staff to make follow up on the cases. As a result public health are ensured.

The public awareness, advocacy, dedicated Magistrate and electrical and print media compelled JTI to stop open promotion and Govt. to continue surcharge to achieve SDG.