Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed said that the young generation should be kept away from drugs. Tobacco products are harmful to public health. The government is working towards making the country tobacco free by 2040.
The minister said these things while speaking as the chief guest at the National Advocacy Meeting to Promote Tobacco Control in Bangladesh organized by the National Parliamentary Forum for Health and Well Being organized by the Parliamentary Forum on Public Health at the CIRDAP Auditorium in the capital.
The minister said that the new generation should be healthy and strong for the desired development of the country. The use of tobacco products is a hindrance in this regard. Direct and second-hand smoke is a threat to public health. All classes of society including teachers, parents should be aware that young students should stay away from smoking and drugs.
The minister also said that to create a tobacco-free country by 2040, cultivation of alternative agricultural products should be increased on the land used for tobacco cultivation.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Forum on Public Health Professor Dr. Habibe Millat MP presided over the event.