An increased price of the tobacco products would demotivate the young population of the country to use such products. In Bangladesh, the youth consists 49% of the total population. This means that the youth are the ones who can bring development to the country. This large group of the young population have to be freed from all kinds of tobacco products, said Former Minister, Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism (MoCAT) & Chairman, Standing Committee, Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism Lt.Col (Retd) Faruk Khan, MP. In a recent live online discussion program “Corona Songlap: Public Health or Tobacco? arranged by Dhaka Ahsania Mission Health Sector he said that in order to make Bangladesh a tobacco free country by 2040 the number of tobacco users have to be decreased by now. This has to be done by imposing higher taxation so that general people do not have the purchasing power to buy any kind of tobacco product.
The honorable MP made a robust request to the honorable Prime Minister and said, “Students and youth are the main target of tobacco producing industries. Now, by imposing a higher amount of taxation on tobacco products, the youth can be refrained from buying such products as they would not have the purchasing power and in this way, the tobacco products will also become unnecessary for them”.
It is reported that tobacco users have higher chances of getting infected by coronavirus. As per World Health Organization guideline tobacco users have been specially warned about the health risks during the pandemic. It is because the heart, lungs and other vital organs of the body of the tobacco users are badly damaged which can let the coronavirus infect the body much easily.
Lt.Col (Retd) Faruk Khan was shocked to know that the tobacco companies were still continuing their production and marketing. Hence, he made a strong urge to the honorable Prime Minister to stop the marketing of all kinds of tobacco products during the pandemic. He also urged that the production and marketing of the electronic cigarette/vape should be completely stopped.