World No Tobacco Day observed

The World No Tobacco Day was observed in the country as in 175 other countries across the globe on Friday, aiming to sensitise people about the bad effects of tobacco use.Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners everywhere mark the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide, according to WHO.
The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protect present and future generations not only from these devastating health consequences, but also against the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.
The theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day was ‘Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship’.
In Bangladesh, different organisations observed the day with elaborate programmes.
Adhunik, a national anti-tobacco organisation, and WHO organised a seminar at the National Press Club in the morning.
National Professor Dr MR Khan was the chief guest while Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, special assistant to the Prime Minister, and former MP Ashraf Uddin Khan Imu were present as special guests at the function.
Anti-tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) brought out a procession in the capital marking the World No Tobacco Day.
The precession began from Doyel Chattar at Dhaka University and ended in front of the National Press Club parading different city streets.
On the occasion, a national programme will be held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on June 11 as Friday (May 31) is a weekly holiday.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion. (Source: UNB)

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