Project: Promoting Smoke Free Local Government and Public Spaces in Bangladesh
Duration: 15th April 2015 to 14th April 2017 (24 months)
Supported by: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids & Bloomberg Philanthropies
With the assistance of Campaign for Tobacco free Kids (TFK) YPSA has been implementing a project on “Promoting Smoke Free local Government and Public Spaces in Bangladesh” since April 2009. In the 1st phase (1st April 2009 to 31st March 2011) YPSA introduced a model smoke free guideline for local government in 4 districts in Chittagong division. In the 2nd phase (1st April 2011 to 31st March 2013) YPSA replicated the model smoke free guideline with other local governments of 7 districts in Chittagong division. In the 3rd phase (15 April 2013 to 14th April 2015) YPSA has taken initiatives to sustain and institutionalize the effectiveness of smoke free guideline by the local governments through mainstreaming the tobacco and smoking issue as a major issue within local government agenda. YPSA also worked to uphold the principles of FCTC in the policy process.
YPSA within the 4th phase of the project intends to take initiatives to strengthen the comprehensive enforcement of the all aspects of TC Law and Rules by the local administration and law enforcing bodies. The project is providing support to the direct enforcement, operation of mobile courts, effective functioning of taskforce, capacity development of local administration and law enforcing bodies. The project is also facilitating the integration of TC across various government departments and to introduce monitoring and reporting format from local to national level for assessing the progress and ensuring the accountability.
YPSA is implementing the project in the following 11 districts under Chittagong Division:
- Chittagong district
- Comilla districts
- Cox’s Bazar district
- Feni district
- Noakhali district
- Laksmipur district
- Brahman Baria district
- Chandpur district
- Bandarban district
- Khagrachari district
- Rangamati district
Purpose of the project
To strengthen implementation of Tobacco Control Law and Rules by local administration and law enforcing bodies and institutionalizes the best practices of smoke-free implementation by local government bodies.
- To support the direct comprehensive enforcement of TC Law and Rules through enhancing the capacity and action of local administration and law enforcing bodies
- To facilitate the Local Government bodies for the sustainability of the best practices through institutionalizing their tobacco control initiatives
- To build public support for complying the national TC Law and Rules through increasing the knowledge on the law and using the compliance monitoring survey findings
- To support the national level tobacco control advocacies by collaborating with other relevant tobacco control organizations
Objective 1. To support the direct comprehensive enforcement of TC Laws and Rules through enhancing the capacity and action of local administration and law enforcing bodies
- Assist taskforce for implementing the activities as defined by the government through organizing meeting.
- Follow up with Taskforce for incorporating new members based on reformed taskforce structure E.g. Local government
- Publish a booklet for the authorized officers, police and magistrate for the effective enforcement of TC Law and Rules.
- Provide capacity development training on TC Laws and Rules and their functions for authorized officers, police and magistrates
- Facilitate carrying out the inspections by authorized officers and motivate authorities to conduct frequent mobile courts for enforcing the TC Laws
- Advocacy with the key departments like education, health, police, local government, Bangladesh Road and Transport Authority (BRTA), Bangladesh Road and Transport Cooperation (BRTC), railway and information for integrating implementation of TC Law into relevant department activities and to generate circulation/decision for implementation of TC Law
- Monitor the violations of TC Law in 11 districts for providing information to the local administration for enforcing the tobacco control law
- Media coverage on the violations of TC Law along with adverse impact
- Meeting with Divisional commissioner and DC of 11 districts for ensuring the enforcement of TC Law and strengthen reporting and monitoring mechanism
Objective 2. To facilitate the Local Government bodies for the sustainability of the best practices through institutionalizing their tobacco control initiatives
- Advocacy meeting with the Local Government for increasing the allocation of budget for Tobacco control initiatives in their annual budget and ensure its effective utilization.
- Advocacy meeting with Local government department in Chittagong division to incorporate SF issue in the monthly reporting format of Local government
- Follow up with Local government and local government department for ensuring the implementation of TC Law and Rules, utilization of allocated budget and reporting mechanism.
Objective 3. To build public support for complying the national TC Law and Rules through increasing the knowledge on the law and using the compliance monitoring survey findings
- Motivational meeting with transport authorities, health facilities, restaurant authorities, education institutions and others for ensuring the compliance of the TC Law
- Observe World No tobacco day in 11 districts
- Organize campaign for raising awareness to comply the new TC Law and Rules by the mass people.
- Publish Tobacco control journal to share best practices on tobacco control initiatives in Bangladesh
- Telecast program on the harms of tobacco use and TC Law & Rules through community radio.
- Conduct periodic compliance monitoring and publish report in the media
Objective 4. To support the national level tobacco control advocacies by collaborating with other relevant tobacco control organizations
- Contribute to the national level advocacy initiatives through Coordinated work with NTCC and BI partners for pictorial pack warning, tobacco tax, policy for tobacco cultivation and enforcement of TC Law
- Meeting with MOHFW and MOLGRD&C for taking administrative measures for enforcement of TC Law based on findings from sub-national level
Event news from Tobacco free campaign category
- Divisional Commissioner of Chittagong says tobacco control issue to be added as an agenda in their MCM and monthly report
- Human chain and candlelight vigil held at Chittagong
- Chittagong City Corporation allocated 20 million taka for smoke free program
- 3rd National Conference on “Tobacco Control in Bangladesh” held
- Sharing meeting held with Divisional Commissioner and 11 DCs of Chittagong Division
- Workshop on “Implementation of Tobacco Control Law in Lakshmipur” held with government officials
- Meeting on “Implementation of Tobacco Control law and Smoke Free Brahmanbaria Pourashava” held
- Civil Surgeon of Brahmanbaria issued a letter to 57 Health facilities for implementing TC law
- YPSA launchs “No Smoking” signage
- Mobile court fined five shopkeepers in Brahmanbaria
- Mobile court fined 30,000 taka to Dhaka Tobacco Industry in Chittagong
- YPSA observed World No Tobacco Day in 11 districts of Chittagong division and Dhaka
- Sharing meeting on “Implementation of Tobacco Control Law 2005” held in Feni
- Brahmanbaria Tobacco Control Taskforce Committee meeting held
- Human chain formed in 11 districts demanding imposition of high tax on tobacco products