Additionally, tobacco sales centres in public places are to be shut
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) mayor, AJM Nasir Uddin, has inaugurated an anti-tobacco cultural campaign at the Bangabandhu Auditorium of the Chittagong Press Club.
On Monday afternoon, Mayor Uddin said: "Smoking in public places will be stopped within the next year. Additionally, all types of tobacco sales centres—within 100 yards of public places, including educational intuitions and hospitals—will be shut.
"Officers will be assigned to monitor the issue. Additionally, I will personally monitor the issue"
The ceremony was attended by: Shishir Dutt, executive director of the Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA), Chittagong Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique, CCC Chief Education Officer Suman Barua, and SM Nazer Hossain, vice president of the Consumers' Association of Bangladesh.
Suman Barua, CCC chief education officer supported the mayor by saying: "All-out cooperation will be extended to conduct an anti-tobacco campaign in the educational institutions run by the corporation."
Presenting the health hazards of tobacco, Chittagong Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique said:"It is a social movement that starts in the family."
The anti-tobacco cultural campaign features: Kavigan — a form of folk performance wherein folk poets sing and perform — puppet theatre, musical concerts, and other theatre.
According to a baseline survey— conducted by BITA — 84.5 % of tobacco sale centres, under 41 wards of the port city, display advertisements and promote smoking; while 85.10 % tobacco sale centres display tobacco products.
According to the Smoking and Usage of Tobacco Products (Control) Act, the advertisement and promotion of tobacco products at any store is prohibited. Violators of the law will be punished with a maximum of three months of imprisonment or fine of Tk100,000, or both.