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Tobacco control policies have to be free from TI interference  Need separate budget at local level for tobacco control

On 18 May 2016, WBB Trust, Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance, Shimantik and The Union jointly organized a seminar held at Sylhet divisional commissioner's office  speakers expressed to ensure sustainable tobacco control, separate budget allocation is required for anti-tobacco programs at City corporations, Municipalities, Union parishad, Upazila and district councils. As well as the implementation of article 5.3 is need to protect tobacco control laws and policies from TI interference. Divisional Commissioner of Sylhet Md. Jamal Uddin Ahmed, Director of Health Dr. Gouro Moni Sinha, Additional DC Md. Motiur Rahman, Additional DM Syed Md. Aminur Rahman, Additional Police Super (South Sylhet) Nurul Islam, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, and Technical Advisor of The Union Syed Mahbubul Alam were present in the seminar. WBB Trust's Director Gaouse Pearee was presided over the seminar.

Urged to State Minister of Finance for ensuring sustainable funding for TC & NCD

Sustainable funding is required to ensure overall tobacco control in the country.  A delegation of anti-tobacco activists urged this to State Minister of Finance while meeting with him on 8 May 2016 at Agargoan. Activists said that due to tobacco uses, unhealthy food habit and lack of physical activity, non communicable diseases (heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes) are increasing rapidly in the South Asian countries.

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