On 31 May, a mobile court visited different public places of Chittagong city on World No Tobacco Day as enforcement of tobacco control law. At first the mobile court visited five super malls in Chittagong city including Wall Mart, Khulshi Mart, Mina Bazar, Carefour Super Mall and Agora. Except Agora there were some advertisements at the point of sell in other four super malls. The court removed a show case with logo, colour and brand of Benson and Hedges cigarette from Mina Bazar super mall. The court gave all of them verbal notice for not displaying any tobacco ads further in their malls.
Mobile court also fined 24 smokers for smoking at public places and public transport at Mimi Super market, Dampara bus counter, BRTC bus terminal and Agrabad Badamtali Cirlce and collected 3950 taka as penalty from them. The mobile court also verbally noticed five smokers who were not able to give money as penalty.
Mobile court also verbally noticed all bus counter at Dampara and BRTC bus terminal to display vigilance notice.
From 9 mini shops in front of Mimi Super market, GEC circle, Agrabad, mobile court removed advertising from the point of sale and verbally noticed them not displaying tobacco ads further.
Mr. Zhutan Chandra, Executive Magistrate of Deputy Commissioner (DC) office of Chittagong, Dr. Md. Nurul Haider, Medical Officer of Civil Surgeon office, Chittagong and YPSA’s smoke free project team members Mr. Omar Shahed were present during the mobile court.