A meeting titled as ‘ Tobacco Control and Tax increase’ held on 28th March 2013 in a restaurant in Chittagong organized by YPSA and Supported by CTFK. The meeting was presided over by Dr. AQM Sirajul Islam, Secretary General of South Asian Regional Association of Dermatology. The special guests of the meeting were Residential Editor of Daily Suprobhat Mr. M. Nasirul Haq, Councilors of Chittagong City Corporation Mr. Neaz Md. Khan, Counsilor Ms. Rehena Kabir Ranu, Ms. Afroza Kalam, Ms. Anzumanara and Ms. Babi Dobash.
The meeting was also participated by several senior government officials like as -Mr. Md. Sayeed Hassan, Deputy Director of the Dept. of Information, Mr. Mahendra Chakma, Deputy Director of Janashokiti Roptani bibhag, Mr. Md. Habibullah Habib, Senior Tax Officer, Tax office of Chittagong etc. and also Associate Professors of Chittagong University Mr. Momtaj Uddin and Mr. Nurunnobi. Representatives from different NGOs, Media, and different professional organizations attended the meeting.
The speakers demanded to pass the amendment of Tobacco control law should be in line with the FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control). The participants emphasized to increase the tax on tobacco products to reduce the consumption of tobacco use. The participants also said that there should be comprehensive efforts to fight against tobacco to save the next generation from the adverse effect of tobacco.