Of all the deaths in Bangladesh, 25.54 per cent of adult men and 9.68 per cent women die from the adverse impacts of tobacco consumption each year, said state minister for health and family welfare Zahid Malek, quoting the statistics from The Tobacco Atlas.
Talking to reporters at the ministry Zahid Malek came up with the remarks on Wednesday where he said, ‘Each year, at least 1,61,200 people die of various tobacco related diseases including cancer, stroke, heart attacks.’
The number of deaths would continue to rise if an integrated tobacco control policy was not implemented under the circumstances, he said.
The government had taken different measures to control the consumption of tobacco, including imposition of taxes and formation of a management policy for tobacco control.
He also inaugurated a television programme ‘Bishdhoa’ on the adverse impacts of tobacco on the human body which would be aired on television channels for six weeks.
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