Withdraw directive on cigarette sale

Anti-tobacco bodies demand

Staff Correspondent

8 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Twenty anti-tobacco campaigning organisations of Bangladesh on Tuesday demanded withdrawal of directive of ministry of industries on cigarette sale and manufacturing.

“Unfortunately, in Bangladesh, amid the worsening pandemic situation, two multinational tobacco companies (attached) have been exempted from government declared restrictions, allowing those companies to continue cigarette manufacturing, marketing and purchasing tobacco leaves,” said a press release sent from Progga.

The Ministry of Industries has recently sent letters containing instructions on this issue, addressed to all Divisional Commissioners and District Administrators (Deputy Commissioners), the release added.

Considering the circumstance, anti-tobacco organisations including Bangladesh Cancer Society, BCCP, ACD, YPSA, Aid Foundation, Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance, BNTTP, BITA, Grambangla Unnayan Committee, NATAB, Prattashya, TCRC, National Heart Foundation, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, UFAT, TABINAJ, Voice, WBB Trust, Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) and PROGGA urged the government to withdraw the directive of the industry ministry and to temporarily ban on the sale of cigarettes during this corona pandemic crisis, utilizing the useful experience gathered by South Africa.