Social media: An effective tool for authorized officers to share actions on tobacco control law
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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 & Family Welfare, Ansari Bhaban (4th floor), 14/2, Topkhana Road, Dhaka - 1000, Bangladesh
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2021;19(Suppl 1):A7
Tobacco Control Rules 2015 of the 2013 amendment of Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act included number of government officials as authorized officers. District/sub-district Sanitary Inspectors (DSI/SI) working at Civil Surgeon’s Offices and Upazila/sub-district health complex also included as authorized officer. One DSI in each 64 districts and around 550 Upazila SI’s are working in UHFPO/health-care facilities/hospitals. They are responsible to monitor TC law in bazars (local markets) in their working area (district/sub-district).

Ensure visible reporting mechanism of the initiatives taken by SI’s on enforcement of the tobacco control law.

National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) of the Government of Bangladesh provided in-depth trainings on TC law through presentations, role plays, group works, quiz, panel discussions, question and answers, and experience sharing. Training focuses: -Ban on smoking in public place/transports and role of authorities of public places/transports to display no-smoking signage, -Ban on tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorships, -Ban on sale to and by minor, -Printing graphic health warnings on 50% surface area of tobacco packets, -Utilize internet and social media to share activities on enforcement of TC law; -Online reporting system.

Every day SI’s share their activities on enforcement of TC law through Facebook by tagging NTCC, others SI’s and their Facebook friends and send emails. NTCC update top-level officials about SI’s activities on TC law enforcement, other SI’s, civil societies and mass people through its social networks. NTCC respond SI’s questions or suggestions in the social media and linked each-other whenever it is required. Enforcement activities and public health education on TC law has been increase across the country through this process.

Positive competition is started among SI’s that strengthened enforcement of TC law across the country.

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