TOBACCO CONTROL & RESEARCH CELL

“Stop tobacco cultivation and grow food for creating a better living place for the next generation,” with this vision Dhaka International University has established Tobacco Control and Research Cell (TCRC) on March 2nd 2013. Bangladesh is a small and densely populated poor country having about 153.2 million people, about 80 percent of whom are living in rural areas. This country is a disaster-prone area having been stricken by drought and flood with a range of health and environmental problems happening from dengue and cholera to arsenic contamination of the water supply. It should come as no surprise, then, that tobacco control has neither gained much attention nor been considered a priority. With so many competing causes of disease and with nearly half of the population living below the poverty line and consuming less than 2,122 calories per day (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics 2012a), tobacco has generally seemed too remote and insignificant issue to be on the country’s agenda of concerns. Yet tobacco use is widespread and increasing rapidly and knowledge about the harm it causes to health is very low. Though, other causes of death still dominate tobacco use contributes a nontrivial amount to the overall burden of disease and death. And it has become clear and significant that immediate negative effects on the welfare of poor families, when scarce resources that could be used for food are spending on tobacco. Tobacco cultivation can be basically termed as ‘Contract farming’, because in majority of the cases the cultivation of tobacco is contracted with a large business organization or multinational company.

Objectives:

  • To motivate the farmers to stop the cultivation of tobacco and shifting them to food production.
  • To arrange Workshop, Seminar, Symposium in rural areas to create awareness among the farmers about bad impact of tobacco cultivation.
  • To work with the government agencies to established Smoking and Tobacco Product Usage Control Act-2005.
  • To work as a pressure group upon the government to implement “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control” (FCTC) that is truly important and significant.

Members of Tobacco Control & Research Cell of DIU

  • Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary, President
  • Dr. S. Quadir Patwari, Advisor
  • Md. Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal, Researcher
  • Dr. Zahid Hasan, Member
  • Md. Siddique Alam Khan, Member
  • Mohiuddin Al Faruk, Field Officer
  • Farhana Zaman Liza, Research Assistant
  • Md. Mohiuddin, Research Assistant
  • Md. Bazlur Rahman, Member Secretary