Effective monitoring for enforcement of tobacco control law: Success from Bangladesh
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National Tobacco Control Cell, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dhaka, Bangladesh
The Union South East Asia Office, India
Publication date: 2021-09-02
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Aminul Islam Sujon   

National Tobacco Control Cell, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ansari Bhaban (4th floor) 14/2, Topkhana Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2021;19(Suppl 1):A29
Government amended Smoking and Tobacco Products Usages (Control) Act 2005 in 2013, and Rules under this law notified in 2015. Government also formed Taskforce at district and sub district level for enforcement of tobacco control law in which all concerned district and sub-district level officers from different government bodies and NGOs are included. Administrative and health sector heads are president and member-secretary of Taskforce committees, respectively. District administration is also responsible for conducting mobile court to enforce various laws including TC law.

This initiative aimed to strengthen monitoring mechanism on enforcement of tobacco control law throughout the country and to activate district and sub-district taskforce meetings.

National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), national hub for tobacco control under the Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is working with various ministries/divisions and departments to boost-up enforcement of tobacco control law. NTCC sent regular government orders to all 64 deputy commissioners and civil surgeons, organize trainings and workshops, regularly communicate with concerned GO-NGO stakeholders and trained authorized officers of TC law.

In 2019, based on the official reports from respective district taskforces, total 53 districts Taskforce meetings were organized. Following the decisions of Taskforce meetings, 186 mobile courts were organized in 23 districts by which 323 violation of law were identified and total BDT 210210 BDT (US$ 1 = 85) were collected as fine. In addition, district administration sent reports of 340 mobile courts throughout the country to ensure enforcement of TC law. By which, 543 cases were filed and 564 violators were identified and total 462490 BDT fine were collected.

Effective monitoring and regular communication, and capacity building trainings with district administration and district taskforces are essential for enforcement of TC law.

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