Former Health Minister & Chairman Standing Committee of Ministry of Science & Technology Professor Dr. A.F.M. Ruhul Haque, MP has expressed solidarity with Dhaka Ahsania Mission in tobacco control in the face of epidemic.
He said “Smokers are at higher risk of being infected with corona virus. To control the spread of COVID 19 and save the public health, I appeal to our honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stop the marketing and distribution of all kinds of tobacco product in this pandemic situation.”
Various studies have shown that smoking increases the chest infections and respiratory diseases. In addition, smokers are much more likely to become seriously ill with Covid-19 infections than non-smokers.
The honorable MP. A F M Ruhul Haque has expressed his concern about the harms of tobacco use in this situation in an online live discussion program “Corona Songlap” organized by Dhaka Ahsania Mission Health Sector.
He also said that the tax increase should be given priority on all kinds of tobacco products. He will raise this issue in the National Parliament and raise this issue to the honorable Prime Minister.