A mobile court was part of a drive in the Dhaka North City Corporation, Zone-5 on 3rd July, Wednesday.
Three local restaurants at around Shyamoli bus stand area were fined for not having no-smoking signage, in line with the section-7 of the tobacco control law.
The mobile court was operated under the supervision of Area Executive Officer and Executive Magistrate Mir Nahid Ahsan around Shyamoli bus stand area and near Mohammadpur Bihari Camp, to assess the level of compliance on the ground with the Bangladesh Tobacco Control Law.
According to the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act–2005, section 5 - all promotions at the points of sales of tobacco product are prohibited.
However, the tobacco industries have been running promotional activities in order to attract the younger generation to the harmful habit of smoking, which is a violation of the law.
Emphasizing on this, magistrate Ahsan destroyed 13 boxes containing such promotions made with empty packets of cigarettes and fined three restaurants at Shyamoli for not having no-smoking signage according to the section-7 of the tobacco control law.
Each restaurant was fined for Tk. 1000.
The restaurant owners were notified about establishing “No Smoking” signage following the instructions of the law within the designated time period.
Also, three tobacco points of sale were fined Tk. 1000 each and their cigarette display boxes were destroyed for the violation of section-5 of the Tobacco Control Law.
Dhaka North City Corporation’s Zone- 5 Health Inspector Abdul Khaleq Majumdar was also present during the visit. Dhaka Ahsania Mission Tobacco Control Project team provided technical support to the mobile court.