Call to curb smuggling, tobacco sale

Hakim Hayat

In managing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the World Health Organization (WHO) urged for the better handling of smuggling and sale of tobacco.

This was the focus of a virtual meeting on the third day of the BRUMAP-NCD 2021-2025 consultation for different sectors on managing NCDs, organised by the Ministry of Health (MoH) on September 30.

WHO Consultant Erica Reeve and WHO representative from Asia-Pacific Dr Lee Joung Eun during the online meeting suggested this can be done by the ratification of protocols and the establishment of a national committee to help combat the problem. They urged the strengthening of the Tobacco Order, especially for prohibiting smoking in certain areas and expanding smoking-free zones.

Erica and Dr Lee also said the promotion of smoking cessation programmes, including the dissemination of information on the dangers of smoking through mass media must be stepped up.

Investment in social marketing by organising mass media campaigns and educational activities to manage the use of tobacco among children and youth should also be actively conducted, the WHO recommendation stated.