Step towards tobacco free Chattogram city
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Young Power in Social Action, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Publication date: 2021-09-02
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Nasim Banu   

Young Power in Social Action, Chattogram, Bangladesh
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2021;19(Suppl 1):A90
Chattogram is a commercial hub and second biggest city in Bangladesh. Around 60 million people live here. But the city doesn’t comply the tobacco control law, so it is impossible to ignore health impact of citizens. Political commitment can provide tobacco free environment in healthy city.

To ensure a healthy environment for the people through effective implementation of Tobacco Control law and adoption of innovative local policies by taking combined and sustainable efforts.

YPSA has been working with Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) since 2009 for making the CCC smoke free. Sensitization and motivational meeting were arranged with different stakeholders for ensuring the highest level of commitment. In 2010, CCC endorsed smoke free guideline and has been allocating budget for Tobacco Control program since 2014. But in 2017, project intervened to make Tobacco Free instead of smoke free based on the strong commitment of Mayor of CCC. A Memorandum of Understanding signed between YPSA and CCC for making Tobacco Free city. A comprehensive plan was prepared and a focal Point officer was assigned by CCC. A multidisciplinary working committee led by City Corporation was assembled with representatives from relevant stakeholders. The committee discussed the model, defined goal, developed plan and is taking decisions.

CCC expressed its determination to ensure the tobacco free city. CCC has been utilizing budget for Tobacco Control program. Quick decisions are being taken and implemented by the working committee. No of public places displayed signage, different authorities issued circulars and taking policies for implementing Tobacco control law. Action against tactics of tobacco industry was taken by CCC. CCC bans tobacco sale around 100 meter radius of education institutions. CCC is implementing campaign at school level.

Political commitments, collaborative actions, enforcement of TC law, huge campaign, follow up and regular monitoring is necessary for implementing ‘Tobacco Free City’.

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