Bangladesh: Bidi warnings

May 25, 2011

The High Court has asked the government why it did not ask the bidi manufactures to print pictorial warning against harmful effects of smoking on the packets of bidi, local leaf or paper-wrapped cigarettes.

The bench of justices Farid Ahmed and Mohammad Shawkat Hossain on Tuesday gave the health and law secretaries and director general of health directorate four weeks to reply to the rule.

The order came following a petition by Anti-tobacco Campaign member Arifur Rahman Bhuiyan.

Lawyer for the petitioner Al-amin Kabir told the news agency that only cautionary labels could not have an impact on the illiterate people, who mainly smoke bidis.

‘Each pack of bidis available in the market must have photographs of the harmful sides of smoking,’ Kabir said, according to Section 11 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that Bangladesh has signed.

Source: New Age (May 25, 2011)