Assess compliance to existing Tobacco Control Law among task force (TF) committee members across 10 districts in Bangladesh
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Dhaka International University, Tobacco Control and Research Cell, Bangladesh
Dhaka International University, Department of Business Administration, Bangladesh
Comilla University, Department of Statistics, Bangladesh
Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust, Health, Bangladesh
Publication date: 2018-03-01
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(Suppl 1):A613
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Bangladesh is the first signatory countries of WHO FCTC. Bangladesh signed on 16 June 2003 and ratified on 14 June 2004. The government of Bangladesh has taken several initiatives to reduce tobacco use. Bangladesh government has enacted tobacco control law in 2005 and amended in 2013 along with notification of the revised rules in 2015.

Cross sectional study design, quantitative and qualitative approaches, purposive sampling method and semi-structured questionnaire and oral interview used to conduct the survey. The objectives of the study was to assess the knowledge and attitudes of Task Force (TF) regarding Tobacco Control (TC) Law. SPSS 21, Microsoft Excel used to analysis the data.

85 % staff know about TC law among the visited office and still now people smoke into the office area in 25 % offices. But 83 % office display No Smoking Signage. In terms of Task Force (TF) committee meeting, 67% TF members said that district TF meeting hold regularly. In terms of enforcement of tobacco control law, 85% respondents argue that mobile court conduct regularly but 57% said that they have lack of logistic support for conducting mobile court. Very interesting is that 59% TF members do not know about FCTC article 5.3, which is known as safeguard for tobacco control.

It can be said that a noticeable change have been seen on tobacco control issues. But tobacco companies are still trying to increase their sales among the young as potential customer by different illegal promotional campaign. So that awareness building programs should be conducted, logistic support should be delivered and social pressure should be created as people can be aware of their strategy and can able to protect it. So, government should take initiative immediately to implement the graphic health warning on all tobacco products to protect people as well as society.

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