'Increase tax on tobacco to save women, children'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said imposing high tax on all tobacco products would help protect women and children from the health hazards of passive smoking, says a press release.
They said women and children are constantly exposed to passive smoking in offices, public places and transports, resulting in the rising number of female cancer patients.
The seminar titled “The need to amend the tobacco control act to curb harmful effects of tobacco products on women and children” was jointly organised by National Girl Child Advocacy Forum and WBB Trust at the National Press Club in the city.
Mentioning that existing laws prohibiting smoking in public places need to be strengthened and properly implemented, speakers said all forms of tobacco should be properly defined in the law with proper monitoring and enforcement measures in place.
Lawmaker Meher Afroz Chumki was present as the chief guest with Hunger Project-Bangladesh Global Vice President Dr Baidul Alam Majumdar in the chair.