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BUHS adopts policy of non-cooperation with tobacco companies

BUHS adopts policy of non-cooperation with tobacco companies

Staff Correspondent

Keeping the tobacco control policies free from the influence of tobacco companies, it is essential to realize the commitment to build a tobacco-free Bangladesh.

Taking this matter seriously, the Faculty of Public Health-BUHS has adopted a policy of non-cooperation with tobacco companies in accordance with Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as the first university in Bangladesh which will be effective from Thursday.

On Wednesday at 11 am, Faculty of Public Health-BUHS, Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance and WBB Trust jointly organized a meeting on “Adopting Guidelines for the Protection of Policies Supporting Public Health Promotion” and signed the “Code of Conduct” supporting the FTC-5.3 article. did Bangladesh Such initiative of the University of Health Sciences (BUHS) took the tobacco control program in the country one step further. University teachers, students and public health experts were present in the meeting.

BUHS Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Professor Dr. Under the chairmanship of Anwar Hossain, BUHS Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Faridul Alam.

The meeting was also attended by Syed Mahbubul Alam, Technical Consultant of The Union, Helal Ahmed, General Secretary of Anti-Narcotics Organization, Associate Professor of Dhaka International University.

Bazlur Rahman, Syeda Ananya Rahman, Program Head of Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust and FTC-5.3 have adopted the “Code of Conduct” in support of Article 5.3. Samiul Hasan Sajib, Project Officer of WBB Trust, presented the keynote speech at the event moderated by Associate Professor Palash Vanik of BUHS. The original article highlights how companies are creating barriers to public health policymaking and what steps can be taken to overcome them.

The chief guest said in his speech that Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS) has a strong stand against tobacco. He called upon all government institutions to take necessary initiatives to adopt the "Code of Conduct" besides withdrawing the government's shares from tobacco companies. He assured immediate implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 as well as full support from the University in all related matters.

Speakers say tobacco companies are trying to influence individuals or organizations. Implementation of Article 5.3 is essential to ensure transparency and accountability of tobacco companies. It is necessary to take steps to protect the policy without any negotiation, sponsorship, joint program or even assistance in promotional activities with tobacco companies. Bangladesh University of Health as per 5.3 of FCTC
Sciences (BUHS) will take the following steps:

• Stop campaigning in the name of socio-cultural programs and social responsibility programs of tobacco companies
• Provide training, awareness raising and publication to make employees at all levels aware of Article 5.3 of the FCTC.

• Not to invite tobacco

companies/company representatives or any person or organization engaged in the interests of tobacco companies to any function or committee.

• Refrain from receiving, giving and participating in any cooperation directly or indirectly from the tobacco company or any person or organization related to the company.
• A completely smoke free environment will be maintained in all offices

• Encourage other organizations to implement Article 5.3 of the FCTC as well as provide technical assistance.

• Do not hire any person who has directly or indirectly benefited from the interest of the tobacco company.

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