Cabinet approves Health Development Surcharge Management Policy

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PV Desk : The cabinet today gave approval to the draft of “The Health Development Surcharge Management Policy-2017” aimed at controlling the use of tobacco and creating mass awareness against the adverse impacts of tobacco on human health.

The draft was given nod at a meeting held at Prime Minister’s Office this morning with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters after the meeting at Secretariat here in the afternoon.

A law is already in place for controlling the use of tobacco, he said, adding that the policy has been formulated as a guideline in this regard.

Shafiul Alam said some specific suggestions have been incorporated in the policy regarding tobacco control and its use to establish Bangladesh as a smoking-free country by 2040 as earlier declared by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.