National Strategic Plan of Action for Tobacco Control 2007-2010 has been launched

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Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has officially launched the National Strategic Plan of Action for Tobacco Control 2007-2010 recently. The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) of the Bangladesh Government in its effort to develop the National Plan of action for tobacco Control 2007-2010.

Bangladesh has enacted a tobacco control law in 2005 in accordance with some of the provisions of WHO FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control). To combat this powerful epidemic supported by a powerful opponent, there should be concerted collaboration between relevant sectors of the government and NGOs. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has established a National Tobacco Control Cell in Dhaka to strengthen its fight against tobacco. This will lay the foundation for all kinds of national and international collaborations. Recently WHO recruited Technical Officers under Bloomberg Global Initiative to reduce tobacco use. They are supporting the National Tobacco Control Cell.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) of the Bangladesh Government in its effort to contain smoking, both active and passive. WHO provided evidences and undertook advocacy measures for the Bangladesh Tobacco Control Law 2005. WHO-commissioned studies in Bangladesh, that have shown that smoking causes tremendous damage to health and observed that the cost of tobacco-related illnesses is higher, in economic terms, than the benefits derived from the tobacco industry - in terms of employment generation and tax revenue.

The implementation of National Plan of action for tobacco Control 2007-2010 will take Bangladesh much forward to combat the modern epidemic. People will live longer and healthier. They will contribute more to the economic development of the country as their productive and active life years would be increased


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