Experts for enforcement of tobacco control law

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-17
Published : 17 Sep 2016, 20:23:55

Experts for enforcement of tobacco control law

RAJSHAHI, Sept 17 (BSS): Experts and stakeholders today observed that proper enforcement of the amended tobacco control law has become indispensable to protect the young generation especially adolescents from the negative impacts of tobacco use particularly smoking.

They told the news agency that one of the strongholds of the amended law for tobacco control is that it bans the selling of cigarettes to those who below 18 years.

Terming tobacco as the root cause, the experts observed that all the life-decaying drug addictions including smoking by the school-going adolescents lead to harmful consequences.

"Cigarette consumption must be restricted among the adolescents to a greater extent for the sake of building an addiction-free society as smoking is considered as the primary gateway drug that eventually leads to drug-addiction," said Prof Dr Mushfique Ahmed of Rajshahi University.

Salima Sarwar, executive director of Association for Community Development (ACD), said "Many parents go through painful experience when they had to hand over their addicted wards to police or rehabilitation centre for their rectification."

She said the phenomenon has become frequent calling for a comprehensive policy involving social, fiscal, administrative, legislative and enforcement-related issues to reduce tobacco consumption among the teenagers.

Dr Mujibul Haque Azad Khan, a Professor of Department of Psychology of Rajshahi University also said the offences of juveniles are not only limited to telling lies, running away from schools, stealing, teasing girls, they are also involved in other higher degree of unlawful activities like drug addiction which greatly affect overall law and order situation of the society.
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