Members of Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) demanded that the government impose more taxes on tobacco products and put up their prices.
At a virtual meeting held on Thursday, they said if the budget for FY 2021-22 is finally passed with the proposed prices of tobacco products, it would make tobacco products more affordable and promote tobacco consumption among youths and impoverished people.Implementation of ATMA’s budget proposals will motivate 1.1 million people to quit smoking and help earn BDT 3400 crore additional revenue from cigarettes as supplementary duty, health development surcharge and VAT.
The meeting, attended by around 50 members, was anchored by Nadira Kiran, co-convener, ATMA while co-convener Mizan Chowdhury presented activities of the organisation.
Zahirul Alam, Head of News and Current Affairs of NTV, Abu Kawser, Joint News Editor of NewsBangla24.com, Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Lead Policy Advisor for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), Bangladesh and Md. Hasan Shahriar, Head of Programme of PROGGA also attended the event.