Tobacco-related diseases kill around 161,000 people annually and 441 persons daily in Bangladesh, causing a growing threat to public health.
The information was revealed at a discussion at conference room of the Civil Surgeon in Rangpur in observance of the World No Tobacco Day 2019, reports BSS.
Civil Surgeon Dr. Abu Md. Zakirul Islam, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr. Kaniz Sabiha, Medical Officer Dr. Irfan Ali, District Sanitary Inspector Mahbubur Rahman spoke on the occasion while advocacy officer of ACD Shariful Islam Shamim presented keynote paper.
A total of 161,000 people are dying annually in Bangladesh from tobacco related diseases with 441 persons a day creating a threat to public health, Shamim said quoting latest survey reports.
Speakers put importance on imposing ban on tobacco cultivation, strict enforcement of the amended Tobacco Control Act (TCA) and Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act for saving public health.
Rangpur district and health administrations organised the programme in cooperation with the Association of Community Development (ACD).
A rally was also brought out in the city on the occasion.