80% Tobacco Products Violate Tobacco Control Law in Bangladesh

A research dissemination program was organized by Tobacco Control and Research Cell (TCRC), Dhaka International University on 19 April 2018 at Shaheed Dr. Samsul Alom Khan (Milon) Auditorium, BMA Bhabon, 15/2 Topkhana, Dhaka.

The survey period was from 19 December 2017 to 18 March 2018 total 8 districts from 8 division was covered for the study. Total 491 tobacco pack (Cigarette -184, Bidi -21,  Zordha- 260 , and Gul- 26 ) was analyzed. Both qualitative and quantitative technique was used for conducting the study. Section 10 of Tobacco Control Law was considered to develop the research question and a semi- structure questionnaire was developed to collect the primary data.   The survey report shows that 81% tobacco pack implement the GHWs among these 61% was covered 50% principal display area but poor implementation among Zordha 39% and Gul 38%. The image of GHWs must change in every three months as per law but the research found only 64% tobacco pack used current rotation image on the time of research. Research found very poor implementation regarding GHWs print both side of the tobacco pack and it was only 42% among these Cigarette 99%, Bidi 11%,  Zordha 11%, and Gul was 14%. Over all GHWs implementation is 81% among these 5% was foreign image, 10% was unclear, 10% covered by band roll, 100% carton was not implement the GHWs. As per tobacco control law section 10 subsection 3 that “Permitted to sales only in Bangladesh” must print on the tobacco packs for selling the tobacco products in Bangladesh but 68% tobacco pack was not print this title on their packets.

If we consider all the elements of section10 of Tobacco Control Law then the implementation rate is very poor that is only 20% (Cigarette 74%, Bidi 0%,  Zordha 5%, and Gul was 0%) almost all the tobacco company violate the law by different ways on the provisions of section 10 of Tobacco Control Law in Bangladesh.

Syada Annona Rahman, Program Manager, WBB Trust, Rokeya Begum, Researcher, TABINAJ, Dr. Seikh Mahbubus Sobhan, Program Officer, NTCC, Aminul Islam, Program Officer, NTCC, Muhammad Kamaluddin, Executive Director, NATAB, Syed Mahbubul Alam, Technical Adviser, The Union, Ataur Rahman Masud, Program Officer, CTFK, Aminul Islam Bakul, Executive Director, AID Foundation, Nasir Uddin, Country Manager, Vital Strategy, Sushanta Sinha, Special Correspondence, Jamuna Tele Vision, Shariful Islam, Head of Program, Vital Strategy, Prof. Dr. Sohel Reza Chowdhury, NHFH, Shariful Alam, Lead Consultant, CTFK and Md. Khairul Alam Shiekh, Joint Secretary and Coordinator, NTCC were present  as special guest in the program. Ruhul Quddus, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was the chief guest and Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary, MP, President, TCRC was presided over the program. Farhana Zaman Liza, Research Assistant and Program Officer, TCRC, DIU was present the survey findings and Asst. Prof. Md. Bazlur Rahman, Project Manager, TCRC was moderate the program. More than 60 tobacco control activists and the students from different background of the university was present the program.