Hold Awareness Meeting with Local Govt at Vhaluka in Mymensingh

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No-25. Hold Awareness Meeting with Local Govt at Vhaluka in Mymensingh

Date & Time     : 03th February, 2016                                                                                                    Venue              :  No-06,  Vhaluka Union Parishad ,Vhaluka, Mymensingh.                                           Presided By     : Mr. Shawkhat Hossain,Chairman, No-06, Vhaluka Union Parishad ,Vhaluka, Mymensingh.

Mr.Abdul Alim Deputy Manager, Natab gave presentation to sensitize the participants. The participants  will aware their followers on the tobacco issues. The following issues are discussed

1. Tobacco Situation in Bangladesh
• 23% of adult aged 15 years or above smoke tobacco in Bangladesh (44.7% males and 1.5 females.
• The smoking rate in rural areas is slightly higher (23.6%) than in urban areas (21.3%).
• Overall, current tobacco use (smoking or smokeless) among all adults is 43.3% (41.3 million).
• There are 57,000 tobacco related mortalities and 382,000 disabilities occurring in Bangladesh every year (WHO, 2007).

2. Health Impacts on Tobacco using

• Tobacco use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and cancer (particularly lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancer).
• It also causes peripheral vascular disease and hypertension, all developed due to the exposure time and the level of dosage of tobacco. Furthermore, the earlier and the higher level of tar content in the tobacco filled cigarettes causes the greater risk of these diseases.

3. Environment and Economical Impact on Tobacco using

• Nearly millions trees of forest are destroyed each year to provide wood to dry tobacco In Bandarban Hill Tracts.
• Tobacco plants use more nutrients than many other crops, degrading the soil.
• Vast quantities of pesticides, fertilizer and herbicides are used on tobacco crops. Some crops require over a dozen applications of pesticides during the three-month growing period.
• Tobacco use caused a net loss of BDT 26,000 million to the economy of Bangladesh in 2004.
• Each year a total of 1,200,000 people are infected in the 8 major tobacco related diseases.
• This was estimated for 2004, in which year the government earned about BDT 24,000 million as tax revenue from tobacco. This means that a net loss of BDT 26,000 was incurred only in that year.

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