Saturday, 27 November, 2021

Tobacco cos apply ill tactics

Taking advantage of loopholes in the Smoking and Usage of Tobacco Products (Control) Act (2005), tobacco companies resort to ill tactics such as incentivising and even pressurizing dealers and vendors in different forms to display and promote their products at points of sale, finds a study.

Voices for Interactive Choice and Empowerment (VOICE) conducted the study titled “Tobacco Companies’ Interference on Tobacco Advertisement, Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS) at Point of Sale (POS) in Dhaka city”. The study findings were disseminated on Wednesday at a press briefing held at Dhaka Reporters Unity, said a press release.

Supported by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), the study recommends that the Smoking and Usage of Tobacco Products (Control) Act (2005) should be strengthened to ban product display at Points-of-Sale.

The event was attended by Prof Dr AFM Ruhal Haque, former Health Minister, Prof Dr Habibe Millat, lawmaker, Mursalin Nomani, president of Dhaka Reporters Unity, Mostafizur Rahman, lead policy adviser of CTFK. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE, moderated the programme.