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BITA calls for tobacco-free Port City

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A popular folk poetic songs (Kabi Gaan) was arranged by BITA in the city slum areas of Chattogram as awareness programme against the bad affects of tobacco use aimed at turning the city as a tobacco-free city.

Chattogram Bureau :
Smoking of tobacco is the prime reasons for unprotectable deaths . According to world statistics , one smoker out of 10 adults is dying per day across the world means every year 54 lakh people are dying every year due to tobacco smoking.
To imbue the people of the society, BITA introduces an exceptional songs performance popularly known as KabiGaan (contesting songs between two poets) in city slums . Poetic singers  Ratan Barua  and Kabial Yousuf  are  rendering the Kabi Gaan in the city areas with the cooperations of CTFK  as arranged by Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts to imbue the  citizens against tobacco and its result through songs . In the inauguration ceremony of Cultural publicity by BITA  recently , City Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin  as Chief Guest reiterated his pledge to declare the public places as tobacco-free zones. To accelerate the pledge of the city Mayor, BITA  launched the  programmes in the city through different means including Kabi Gaan .
With its continuation, BITA is working in 41 city wards and arranging 82 local folk songs(Kabigaan) under these wards in phases. In the meantime, 64 folk songs programme  completed in 32 wards successfully.  The  Poetic singers depicted the enacted Tobacco Act of 2005 with explanations in their songs.
The acts mentioned  publications of advt,publicity, leaflets, handbill, posters, banners, billboard are strictly prohibited either in print  media, electronic media  and open publicity .
On the  other hand ,City Corporation also directed the shop keepers situated within the 100 yards of any educational institutions to refrain from selling cigarettes or any other tobacco products .
In another survey of BITA , about 12,165 shops/organsatiions are giving advisements in medias defying the existing laws of the country. Statistics of BITA mentioned , tobaccos are being sold within the 100 yards of 885 educational institutions in the city .  
 These Kabials (folk singers) presented a number justifications against the use of tobacco  to save the lives of the next generation. They also called people of strata to extend their united efforts to build the city into a tobacco-free city by 2040 as directed by  the Prime Minister.             

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