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International Youth Day Today

‘Only non-smoking youths can build healthier Bangladesh’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 12 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Only non-smoking youths can build healthier Bangladesh’

International Youth Day will be observed today throughout the country like elsewhere in the world with a call to get rid of the scourge of smoking.

International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and to celebrate the potential of youth as active partners in the global society.

According to UN, the theme of International Youth Day 2021 is, “Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”, with the aim of highlighting that the success of such a global effort will not be achieved without the meaningful participation of young people.

“The day is of particular significance for Bangladesh, a country where the youth accounts for almost half of the entire population. They are the real craftsmen behind the advancement of Bangladesh.

“However, if they become addicted to tobacco, they will not be able to realize the dream for a developed Bangladesh,” said a statement of PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress), a non-government organisation campaigning against tobacco.

“Even tobacco addiction can make them a burden to society. Only a strong tobacco control law can protect this demographic from tobacco's poisonous embrace,” the statement added.

On the occasion of International Youth Day, the anti-tobacco research and advocacy organisation also demanded steps to strengthen tobacco control law through an amendment so it keeps the youth away from tobacco.

According to the latest information provided by Tobacco Atlas, the number of tobacco users aged between 10 and 14 is more than 172,000 in Bangladesh. Getting hooked on tobacco at such an early age gradually decreases the ability of lungs. It also hampers the natural growth of lungs.

Executive Director of PROGGA ABM Zubair said, “Tobacco is colossal impediment that needs to be overcome to build a healthier generation. To discourage the youth from tobacco the existing tobacco control law should be amended at the earliest to make it more time-fitting and strong.”