‘Impose ban on e-cigarettes’

Staff Correspondent

20 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Experts have stressed on banning HTP (heated tobacco products), including e-cigarettes, throughout the country to protect people particularly the youth and teenagers from the harmful effects of the products.

Immediate steps must be taken to keep each and every person away from the scourge of the damaging effects of HTP.  They were addressing a roundtable titled “Emerging Tobacco Products and Bangladesh: Present Context” organised by the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh (NHFB) in its auditorium in the capital on Friday.

National Professor Brigadier (retd) Abdul Malik, also Founder and President of the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh, presided over the roundtable. Foundations' Secretary General Professor Khandaker Abdul Awal (Rizvi) delivered the welcome speech. Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury, Head of Department of Epidemiology & Research of the NHFB, was present on the occasion. Speaking at the programme, Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud said e-cigarettes are not made in Bangladesh and they are all imported.

“The government doesn’t earn much revenue from it. Therefore, import of e-cigarettes can be banned,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Shamim Haider Patwari MP said that the e-cigarettes have not yet been included in the prevailing tobacco control law in Bangladesh. “It is vital to take immediate legal action to save the future generations,” he added. At the open discussion, speakers said a ban has been imposed on the sales of e-cigarettes in various countries given health risks from it.