Orientation workshop on “Control of Tobacco and smoking: Current status” held in Comilla Municipality on September 30 with the support of CFTFK. District Civil Surgeon (Secretary of district tobacco and smoke control taskforce), Deputy Civil Surgeon, Upazilla health officer (Secretary of Upazilla tobacco and smoke control taskforce), Additional Director of Youth Development Department, Social welfare officer were presented. Besides that councilors, Market authority, Journalist, NGOs, teachers were participated in the orientation workshop.
In the workshop a slide presentation on current status of tobacco and smoking in Bangladesh has been delivered by Ms. Nasim Banu. Team leader of “Promoting Smoke free local government and Publice places in Chittagong Division” project. Besides that Deputy Civil Surgeon has also delivered a slide presentation on harmful effect of smoking and diseases. Upazilla Health Officer also disseminated different information on tobacco and smoking status in Bangladesh. In the workshop, President of market committee has declared his market as smoke free zone. He also said that they will also make a smoking corner at market place in future. One of the smoker participants has given his word that he will never smoke in his life. Besides that all the participants were participated very actively and given recommendations and comments. They have also shared their experiences on that issue and shown their interest to work with YPSA for ensuring the smoke free workplace at their own constituencies.