Recently Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) and the Institute for Global Tobacco Control based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), Baltimore, USA has organized a Research Findings Dissemination Conference on Tobacco Control in Bangladesh. The conference was held on January 22, 2018 at Lakeshore hotel in Dhaka.
In this conference Mohammed Misbah Uddin, Deputy Manager of Disaster Management Watch (DM.WATCH) as the Principal Investigator of his research titled “Implementing Tobacco Control Law in Bangladesh: Challenges and way Forward”, presented the findings.
Main objective of the research was to explore the challenges in implementing Tobacco Control Law in Bangladesh and find out effective initiative.
Major recommendations of this research were (a) Tobacco control cannot be addressed only by law enforcement agencies, rather a comprehensive program with multi-stakeholders involvement is necessary (b) Monitoring and proper task distribution should be strengthen in all levels (c) Law should be enforced strictly to bring tobacco company under the law and order (d) Tobacco control Task Force committee can be extended up to union level and adding few provisions in existing law may be effective.
In the opening session of the conference, national Professor Dr. Brig. (Rtd.) Abdul Malik, President, National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh chaired the inaugural program. Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP and Honorary President, Inter Parliamentary Union was present as the Chief Guest. Besides, Ms. Roxana Quader, Additional Secretary (PH and WH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Prof. Dr. M. Shamsher Ali, Founder Vice Chancellor, Bangladesh Open University and Southeast University, Dr. Bardan Jung Rana, WHO Representative a.i. to Bangladesh and Dr. Naseeb Kibria, Research Program Manager, Institute for Global Tobacco Control attended the opening session of the conference as Guests of Honor.