Bangladesh anti tobacco organizations and the citizens urges the government to ban tobacco during the COVID-19 pandemic

In Bangladesh 20 anti-tobacco organizations and 100 eminent citizens of the country has sent  a letter  addressed to the Hon. Prime Minister on 9th May 2020, calling for a temporary ban on the marketing and sale of all tobacco products during the  Covid-19 pandemic. The letter has urged the government to utilize the global experience set by India, South Africa and Botswana, countries that banned tobacco sale temporarily as a part to fight COVID-19.

The letter sent to the Prime Minister can be viewed through the following link:

Letter sent to the Prime minister

The anti tobacco organizations supported this joint effort included  Bangladesh Cancer Society, BCCP, ACD, YPSA, Aid Foundation, Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance, BNTTP, BITA, Grambangla Unnayan Committee, NATAB, Prattashya, TCRC, National Heart Foundation, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, UFAT, TABINAJ, Voice, WBB Trust and Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA).

The letter campaign has been covered extensively by a number of leading newspapers and other media outlets (78 reports) including the English news papaers Daily Sun, Dhaka Tribune, Business Standard, Bangladesh post, UNB, Daily Industry, bdnews24.com, Somoy News Businessnews24.com and Saradinnews. A compilation of media pieces can be downloaded from the below link

Media coverage

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