Advocacy for mainstreaming and sustainable implementation of Tobacco Control Law in Bangladesh
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Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Health, Bangladesh
Publication date: 2018-03-01
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 1):A630
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Background and challenges to implementation:
The Government of Bangladesh enacted 'Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act, 2005' and formulated necessary rules in 2006. In 2013 enacted amendment to the law and formulated rules in 2015.
Government has been tried to makes a comprehensive tobacco control (TC) law and almost cover all FCTC compliance issues beyond designated smoking area (DSA) at public places.
Police is the core law enforcement agency under the Ministry of Home Affairs. They have 17 training institutes. So mainstreaming and institutionalization of Tobacco Control Law will help to run the tobacco control program smoothly and bring good result with the involvement of Law Enforcement Agencies .

Intervention or response:
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) as a BI grantee working with other BI grantees and government agencies. DAM organized different activity like- develop and finalize the different sectors policies through organize advocacy workshop with relevant authority. DAM also undertake extensive media campaigns different advocacy materials has developed and distributed.

Results and lessons learnt:
Through different training and process of doing by learning has created enough rooms for development technical expertise for conducting result base advocacy, policy formulation, and smoke free guidelines development.
DAM intends to mainstream and sustain the Tobacco control law in different sectors through developing different implementation strategies and adaptation policies and build capacity. Peoples participation on tobacco control movement have been increased through organizing various campaign programs.

Conclusions and key recommendations:
Some proactive policy makers and govt. officials in Dhaka were found who are actively participating different tobacco control activities and have taken initiatives for tobacco control. So we can use this opportunity for smoke free educational institutes. In future these coordination and collaboration among tobacco control organizations and other agencies will maintained for effective implementation of any tobacco control initiatives particularly for mainstreaming the tobacco control law in different sectors and campaign against TI tactics targeting the youth and students.

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