The Smoking Prohibition Act 26 was approved in March 2005 and took effect in 2006. It includes a ban on smoking in public places, but does not cover many places – schools, hospitals, governmental and non-governmental institutions, public transport with one carriage (and waiting areas), shopping malls, covered sports areas. Smoking areas are allowed. However, there have been problems with implementation. ADHUNIK, the national anti-tobacco organization of Bangladesh, is working with the other NGOs in Bangladesh for full implementation of the Act. Legislation is available in English at www.bata.globalink.org/documents/Translation%20of%20Tobacco%20Rules%20_for%20HOL.pdf
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ADHUNIK – the national anti-tobacco organization of Bangladesh has 78 branches across the country. The branches have been advised to work in line with the policies and strategies of WHO/FCTC for implementation of the objectives of the Act. Prof Dr Nurul Islam, Founder and President of ADHUNIK, received the WHO Director General’s Award 2005 for tobacco control activities. All these have an impact on the anti-tobacco movement in the country.
Bloomberg Initiative grants (see www.tobaccocontrolgrants.org)
Bangladesh Health Foundation
The project aims to understand religious leaders’ attitudes to smoking and smokefree polices and to establish coalition of religious organisations, providing training and capacity building for leaders. It will develop and test a model intervention for reducing tobacco use and exposure, and will assess its effectiveness.
National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The project aims to strengthen enforcement of the current provisions of national tobacco control legislation, develop an amended version of the law in line with the FCTC, submit it to parliament/cabinet for approval, develop an awareness campaign for implementation, and create public awareness of the law and the proposed amendments.
WBB Trust – Work for a Better Bangladesh
This project aims to strengthen tobacco control in Bangladesh, emphasising FCTC implementation, correct weaknesses in the current law, increase the role of NGOs in enforcement, and support tobacco farmers switching to food crops.
Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance www.bata.globalink.org/
Work for a Better Bangladesh www.wbbtrust.org
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