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Government secretaries should come out of BATB board soon: Planning Minister

Minister of Planning M.A. Mannan MP has commented that the secretaries should leave the board of BATB quickly so that there is no interference in tobacco control and government policies. He made this brief while speaking as the chief guest at a meeting titled 'Tobacco Company CSR: Myth and Reality' jointly organized by Work for Better Bangladesh Trust and Initiative for Public Health Research and Communication (IPHRC) at the NEC conference room of the Ministry of Planning at 3 pm on Wednesday (November 30, 2022). 

Specific taxation is a Key tool in tobacco control

If a specific tax is imposed on all tobacco products, it will play a significant role in tobacco control, besides increasing the government's revenue. On the other hand, to prevent revenue evasion, a robust national tax policy should be formulated as soon as possible, as announced by the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in addition to stopping the retail sale of cigarettes. They said these things in a press conference organized at Tafazzal Hossain Mia Hall of the National Press Club Wednesday (16th November 2022) at 11 am. Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance (BATA), Bangladesh Network for Tobacco Tax Policy (BNTTP), Bangladesh Cancer Society, National Heart Foundation, and Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust jointly organized a press conference on 'Tobacco Company's Most Popular Revenue Myths and Comparative Analysis.

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