100% buses of Dhaka City do not comply with tobacco control law: Dhaka Ahsania Mission survey findings

Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has organized a meeting at its conference room, Banani, Dhaka with the support of Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) on 7 September 2020, Monday at 11:00 am.

The meeting was based on the dissemination of the baseline survey findings on compliance of Tobacco Control Law at public transport (bus) in Dhaka City. Director (Training) of BRTA, Md. Sirajul Islam presided over the meeting.

The BRTA Chairman and Additional Secretary, Mr. Noor Mohammad Mazumdar was there as chief guest in the meeting.KhondokarOliur Rahman, Secretary of BRTA was the special guest in the meeting. Assistant Director and Project Coordinator of Tobacco Control Project of Health Sector, DAM Md. Mukhlesur Rahman, presented the survey findings whereas Program Officer of Health Sector, DAM Sharmeen Rahman moderated the meeting.

The survey findings show that 100% of buses of Dhaka City did not comply with Tobacco Control Law.
The cross-sectional survey was carried out on 22 routes in Dhaka City and 417 non-air-conditioned public buses (city service buses)were observed and each bus was observed once on the month of October in the capital in 2019.91.3% buses drivers/helpers were seen to directly smoke in the buses during the survey. Almost 100% of buses were found not to display any ‘no smoking signage’ on the buses.

Almost 9 out of 10 public buses in Dhaka city were found with the smoking instance(s). However, the survey result has a wider gap with the law as according to section-4 of the Bangladesh Tobacco Control Law it is prohibited to smoke in public places and public transport.
Director of Health and WASH Sector, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Iqbal Masud gave the welcome speech and said, “Cigarette does not only harm the smokers but it can cause harm through second-hand smoking.

As a matter of fact, one person is smoking and the people around that person are being badly affected. Since 1990 DAM has been working relentlessly regarding tobacco control programs besides its other humanitarian works.”

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