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Chittagong bans tobacco sales around educational institutions

  • Published at 12:59 am September 5th, 2019
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hittagong Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin issued the directive on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has banned the sale, advertisement and promotion of all tobacco products within 100 yards of all educational institutions in the port city.

Chittagong Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin issued the directive on Tuesday.

Confirming the matter, Rafiqul Islam, public relations officer of the city corporation, told Dhaka Tribune that the authorities would conduct drives after September 10 against those who were found violating the directive.

According to the Smoking and Usage of Tobacco Products (Control) Act, 2013, the advertisement and promotion of tobacco products at any store is prohibited. Violators of the law are subject to three months of imprisonment in maximum or a fine of Tk100,000 or both. 

The CCC authorities have also directed traders to remove all the advertisements and close down tobacco and cigarette stalls within 100 yards of educational institutions by September 10. Otherwise, necessary legal action will be taken against the offenders.

Bangladesh is the eighth largest cigarette market in the world, with volumes exceeding 86 billion units, and the market is growing by 2% every year.

According to PROGGA, a leading anti-tobacco alliance, tobacco kills over 162,100 people in the country every year.

Smoking causes cancer, stroke, cardiovascular and respiratory problems, among other serious diseases.