153 MP’s urge PM to ban e-cigarette
DOT Desk:  Some 153 Members of Parliament have urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to ban the harmful e-cigarette, reports Daily Sun.
 The lawmakers under the banner of ‘Bangladesh Parliamentary Forum for Health and Wellbeing’ made the request to the premier through a letter to her.
 The letter, signed by 153 MPs, demanded banning import, production, sale, marketing and use of E-Cigarette in Bangladesh.
 Prof Dr. Habibe Millat MP, chairman of ‘Bangladesh Parliamentary Forum for Health & Wellbeing’ along with former health minister Prof Dr. AFM Ruhul Haque MP, Mahabub Ara Gini MP, Hafiz Ahmed Mazumder MP, Adv. Syeda Rubina Akhter MP, Aparajita Haque MP, Shabnam Jahan MP and Sheuli Azad MP handed over the letter to Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday, said a press release.
Receiving the letter, Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus said the initiative of the MPs against the harmful tobacco is certainly praiseworthy as they have taken the matter seriously.
However, he also assured the lawmakers of taking necessary legal action in this regard.
Handing over the letter, Habibe Millat MP said, “Every tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is harmful to health. Especially young people are being led to the destruction of tobacco including e-cigarettes. Therefore, it is necessary to amend the tobacco control law and increase its tax.”
All the MPs including former health minister AFM Ruhul Haque, also expressed their views emphasizing the necessity of amendment of the tobacco control law and increasing the tobacco taxes.
At the same time, they also demanded that e-cigarettes should be banned immediately in a bid to protect public health from its harmful effects.
The lawmakers also mentioned that that the Prime Minister has declared that Bangladesh would be tobacco free within 2040.
To achieve this target, it’s important to amend tobacco control law and imposing increased amount of taxation on tobacco products. However, the challenge of making the country free from tobacco has been increased due to E-Cigarette in the country as well, they said.