Creating smoke free community ensuring smoke free home
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Social Advancement Forum (SAF), Kushtia, Bangladesh
Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh
National Tobacco Control Cell, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh
Publication date: 2021-09-02
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Mir Abdur Razzak   

Social Advancement Forum (SAF), Kushtia, Bangladesh
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2021;19(Suppl 1):A141
Government of Bangladesh has enacted the Smoking and Using of Tobacco Products (Control) Act, 2005 and Amendment in 2013. But, there is no law existing to protect the non-smoker family members from the indirect harm of smoking. Smokers deal a great damage to their lives and their family members willingly or unwillingly. SAF working on tobacco control issue for ensuring good health and well-being of the people.

To protect the non-smoker family members from the indirect harm of smoking representative of SAF inform the head of the family about the harmful sides of smoking and taking initiatives.

SAF is member of Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance and district tobacco control taskforce committee. SAF adopted two way strategy one is at the family level and other in the community or public sphere. SAF conducted public awareness at the community level through printing of posters, leaflet and stickers on `Smoking Free Home\' or `Welcome to Smoke Free Home\', organizing cultural shows, courtyard meetings with the community groups. Besides, media campaign was conducted using print and electronic media for wider publicity.

SAF tried to convince thousands of families about harmful effect of indirect smoking successfully. Besides, the campaign helped building capacity among the community people so that they can protest against smoking at the public places or inside the public transport as well as to insist them to change their bad habits. Members of the households are getting benefits from this type of social awareness campaign on bad effect of indirect smoking at home or at public places.

With the single help of tobacco control law, 100% smoking free public places and transports is difficult task. We will be able to protect the families along with outsiders of families from the loss of passive smoking if we initiate the anti-tobacco meeting in addition with family meeting.

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