The formulation of a strong anti-tobacco policy is crucial in implementing the Prime Minister’s plan to eliminate smoking in Bangladesh by 2040.
Stakeholders said at a consultative workshop titled “The Importance of Tobacco Tax Policy in Protecting Public Health and the Environment” held on World No Tobacco Day. 2022 on Sunday, May 29, a press release read.
The Health Economics Unit, Bureau of Economic Research, Bangladesh Network for Tobacco Tax Policy and AID Foundation jointly organized this workshop in the conference room of the Health Economics Unit. health.
The main content and main points of the workshop were presented by the Professor of Economics at the University of Dhaka and the organizer of BNTTP, Dr. Rumana Haque.
MP for Gaibandha-1, Barrister Shamim Haider Patwary and Coordinator (Additional Secretary) of the National Tobacco Control Unit, Hossain Ali Khondakar were present on the occasion as distinguished guests.
Director General of the Health Economics Unit. Md. Shahadat Hossain Mahmud chaired the workshop and moderated the discussion.
Director of Research (Deputy Secretary) of Health Economics Unit, Md. Nurul Amin; former Chairman of the National Revenue Council, Nasiruddin Ahmed, Program Manager of Vital Strategies were among other distinguished speakers.
Speakers at the event said tobacco has a huge negative impact on the environment and public health. In 2019, 1 lakh 62,000 people died due to smoking in Bangladesh.
In order to reduce this death rate and economic losses, the price of tobacco products must be taken beyond the purchasing power of ordinary people.
If a tobacco tax policy is formulated in the country, the taxation of tobacco products will come under general regulations.
A modern and efficient taxation system and tax collection system will be introduced through this, which will reduce the complexity of the tobacco taxation system.
Implementing a comprehensive tobacco tax policy will make tax administration more effective and efficient, prevent tobacco company interference and also prevent tax evasion.
All tobacco products, tobacco production and sales chain, tobacco cultivation and processing, tobacco export, etc. may thus be subject to the tax net.
This will increase revenue collection and reduce tobacco consumption at a significant rate which will lead to a tobacco free Bangladesh by 2040 as announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Director General of the Health Economics Unit, Md. Shahadat Hossain Mahmud, said in his statement that BER and BNTTP jointly formulated an outline of tobacco tax policy following a process systematic.
Cooperation at all levels is necessary to formulate a comprehensive draft national tobacco tax policy along this outline.
He hopes that a comprehensive national tobacco tax policy will be formulated in the country as soon as possible, as announced by the Prime Minister.