‘The effort to ensure smoke free workplace should be started with the support of government and non-government organizations and authorities. We have to aware and organize the mass people and work jointly on the issue so that we can give a smoke free world to the next generation.’ speakers said in the consultation workshop organized by YPSA, Supported by Tobacco Free Kids (TFK), on ‘Smoke Free Workplace and Our Duties’ on 16th July in Chittagong where different representatives, from government and non-government organizations, civil society groups, media, Chittagong city corporation, joined very actively and enthusiastically. Mr Ehsane-Elahi, Additional District Commissioner (Edu & Dev), Chittagong as Chief Guest and Ms.Farida Rozy, Deputy Director of Social Welfare Department, Chittagong, as especial guest participated in this very consultation workshop.
Some ward councilors of Chittagong City Corporation who were Mr. Gias Uddin, Mr. Nazim Uddin Ahmed, Ms. Shaheda Kashem Shathy, Ms. Rehena Kabir Ranu, Ms, Monowara Begum Moni and Ahmedur Rahman Siddikki and several representatives from different groups also addressed in the program. Ms. Nasim Banu, Program Coordinator, of YPSA’s `Smoke Free Workplace’ project made a power point presentation to the participants. The speakers emphasized that the people who smoke should be more responsible about the passive effect of smoking which caused serious effect on the public health.
Meanwhile, another Consultation workshop organized by YPSA, Supported by Tobacco Free Kids (TFK), on last 14th July 09 in Cox’s Bazar with the local government representatives, civil society groups, different professional bodies, media on ‘Smoke Free Workplace and Our Duties’. The Mayor of Cox’s Bazar Pouroshova Mr. Sarwar Kamal as Chief Guest, Mr. Fakeer Md. Munwar Hossain, Chief Executive, Cox’s Bazar Pouroshova and Mr. Palash Chowdhury, Director (Finance), YPSA as especial guests participated in the meeting. The speakers said that the public representatives should aware about smoke free workplace in their own working areas but before that they have to ensure their workplaces smoke free. YPSA alone can not do this; we all have to support them to make their effort successful.