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Smoke Free Local Government and Public Spaces

  • World No Tobacco Day observation
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  • YPSA handover no smoking signage to the Mayor of Cittagong City Corporation
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  • Rally on World No Tobacco Day
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  • CTFK team met with Chittagong City Mayor
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  • Mayor of Chittgong City Corporation declared smokfree workplace
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  • No Smoking signage
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Project Report

1) Development of Report Card on the progress of the implementation of the institutional policies and Tobacco Control Law

2) Final Narrative Report April 2009 – March 2011

3) Interim Narrative Report October 2011 – March 2012

4) Coalition for Smoke Free Chittagong Division: Initiated by Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)

Title of the Project: Promoting Smoke Free Local Government and public spaces in Bangladesh

Supported by: Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) and Bloomberg Initiatives

Introduction of the Project

YPSA has been implementing a project on “Promoting smoke Free local Government and Public Spaces in Chittagong Division” with the support of CTFK since April 2009 with the aim to promote smoke free local government and public spaces within Chittagong Division, by advocating for smoke free policies and effective tobacco control practices at City Corporation and Municipal level as a preventive and regulatory mechanism in compliance with National Smoking and Tobacco control Act 2005. The first BI funded Smoke free program inBangladeshstarted through YPSA in 2009, emerging as a good practice with a process ofCoalitionBuilding, Work with local government and Smoke free guideline for local government.

In the meantime YPSA completed first phase successfully in March 2011 and 2nd phase completed on 31st March 2013. The Project is implementing in 11 districts and 4 sub districts of Chittagong division with 2 city corporations and 9 municipalities. In the 2nd phase, YPSA is replicating its 1st phase’s experiences in other 7 areas.

YPSA within the third phase of the project intends to take 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 and broaden the scope of local government to implement the Smoke Free guideline and TC law. YPSA will also contribute to uphold the principles of FCTC in the TC law amendment and its Rules formulation process and institutionalize the best practice of local government to establish 100% smoke free environment across the country. Involvement of a voluntary coalition will continue their support to local government in enforcing and monitoring the SF guideline and TC law in one of the major tools to achieve the successful result. The broad strategies of the project are to conduct advocacy with the Policy makers at national level, local governments associations, local government through smoke free civil society coalitions and mobilize public support in favour of smoke free environment.

Project duration

3rd Phase: April 2013 to March 2015 (24 months) – On going

Working area

YPSA is implement the project in 11 local governments in the following 11 districts under Chittagong Division:

  • Chittagongdistrict- Chittagong City Corporation
  • Comilla districts – Comilla City Corporation
  • Cox’s Bazar district – Cox’sBazarMunicipality
  • Feni District– Feni Municipality
  • Noakhali District -NoakhaliMunicipality
  • Laksmipur District – Laksmipur municipality
  • Brahman Baria District – Brahman Baria Municipality
  • Chandpur District –ChandpurMunicipality
  • Bandarban District – Bandarban municipality
  • Khagrachari District – Khagrachari Municipality
  • Rangamati District – Rangamati Municipality

Purpose of the project

To uphold the principles of FCTC in the policy process and institutionalize the best practices of local government to establish 100% smoke free environment across the country.

Objectives

  1. To contribute to the process of TC law amendment and Rules formulation for facilitating FCTC compliant Smoke Free principles
  2. To advocate for institutionalization of Smoke Free guidelines of local government through relevant government authority and national associations
  3. To develop capacity of other NGOs for effective replication of SF guideline implementation
  4. To further strengthen the smoke free coalitions for ensuring sustainability of Smoke Free movement in the Chittagong Division

Project activities

  1. To contribute to the process of TC law amendment and Rules formulation for facilitating FCTC compliant Smoke Free principles

Activities

  • Lobbying with selected MPs for creating pressure on the government to eliminate Designated Smoking Area from the TC law
  • Drafting a set of recommendations as inputs to the Rules formulation process
  • Conducting workshop with relevant BI grantees to finalize the draft recommendations
  • Meeting with MOHFW/NTCC to share the draft recommendations
  1. To advocate for institutionalization of Smoke Free guidelines of local government through relevant government authority and national associations

Activities

  • Motivational Workshop with Municipality Association of Bangladesh (MAB) on their potential role in institutionalizing the smoke free guideline across the country
  • Initial meeting with Ministry of Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives (MOLGRD&C) to create entry point for advocacy
  • Organizing Roundtable jointly with MAB and the media to demand countrywide replication of smoke free guideline
  • Advocacy meeting with MOLGRD&C for adoption of required policy on replication of SF guideline
  1. To develop capacity of other NGOs for effective replication of SF guideline implementation

Activities

  • Developing a training module for building capacity of other NGOs on implementation of Smoke Free guideline.
  • Provide training to BI grantees and other NGOs inBangladeshfor effective replication of SF guideline implementation.
  1. To further strengthen the smoke free coalitions for ensuring sustainability of Smoke Free movement in the Chittagong Division

Activities

  • Conducting three training workshops (in 3 regions) with selected coalition members on their role in implementing smoke free guideline in light of the amended law and Rules
  • Lobbying through the coalitions with relevant departments of local government for effective implementation of SF guideline
  • Conducting joint meeting with coalition to influence local government authorities for budget allocation for implementation of SF guideline
  • Conducting jointly with coalitions divisional consultations with government departments/officials for ensuring smoke free environment in Public Places and Transports
  • Meeting with different stakeholders like taskforce, associations, public place authorities, restaurant, education, health etc
  • Organize cultural campaign like theatre, folk media etc for raising awareness on smoke free issue
  • Publish Smoke Free journals to share best practices on smoke free policy implementation in Bangladesh
  • Observe world No tobacco day in 11 districts


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