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PROGGA celebrates WNTD 2017, awards anti-tobacco mediamen

about_img Guests and recipients of Tobacco Control Journalism Award-2017 at Cirdap auditorium, Dhaka, 27 May 2017. PROGGA and Anti-tobacco Media Alliance jointly gave the awards to six journalists for their anti-tobacco reporting.

With the theme – Tobacco- A Threat to Development, PROGGA has observed the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2017 and simultaneously has awarded Tobacco Control Journalism Award 2017 for the seventh consecutive time in Bangladesh. The event was organized in association with Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK). The ceremony was held at CIRDAP Auditorium on May 27, 2017. Anisul Huq MP, the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs spoke at the event as Chief Guest. Prof. Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice-chancellor, University of Dhaka also spoke on the occasion as special guest while Dr. Md. Shariful Alam, Bangladesh Lead Consultant of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK); Mortuza Haider Liton, Convener of ATMA; and ABM Zubair, Executive Director of PROGGA were present at the ceremony. The chief guest, Anisul Huq, Honorable Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, said, “The government is committed to control tobacco as there are no alternatives of tobacco control to reach SDGs.” He added, “Passing the Surcharge Management Policy and National Tobacco Control Policy is a timely demand. I will have my whole hearted efforts to pass them when the policies are tabled on the cabinet.” He also said that they have been taking all the necessary initiatives to make the country tobacco-free by 2040 after the declaration of the Prime Minister and they are performing their roles which were supposed to be done from the ministry. The Speakers also suggested removal of existing differential tax base for tobacco taxation and introduce a unified specific tobacco tax system in the next budget FY 2017-18 considering the public health. A large number of delegates from policy making level, mass media representatives, civil society members, anti-tobacco organization representatives were also present, while eminent journalist and Deputy Editor of The Daily Samakal, Muzzammil Husain, was on Chair. The event was anchored by Co-convener of ATMA Nadira Kiron.

PROGGA conferred Tobacco Control Journalism Award 2017 to five journalists in four categories. Each of them received Tk 50,000, a crest and a certificate for their outstanding anti-tobacco reports. Additionally, special recognition provided to a child journalist with Tk. 10,000, a crest and a certificate. The laurels are: Porimol Palma, Senior Reporter of The Daily Star for the best English Newspaper report; Golam Murtaza Jewel, Chief Reporter of Daily Kirtonkhola, Barisal for best Regional newspaper report; Sushanta Sinha, Senior reporter of Jamuna Television for best Broadcast Report; S.A.M Hamid-Uz-Zaman, Staff Reporter of The Daily Jugantor and Md. Shafiqul Islam, Business-In-Charge, Bangla Tribune for the best Bangla Newspaper report; Sadik Evan, Child Journalist, Hello of bdnews24.com for special recognition.

Marking the WNTD 2017, PROGGA has launched a English subtitled documentary (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B91W-d8XvEvcV3F0MS1pZkxqak0/view) based on the theme of this year.

Higher tobacco tax, increases revenue, saves lives

about_img Pre-budget 2017-18 press conference at Press Club, Dhaka on 08 May 2017.

A pre-budget press conference on ‘Which Type of Tobacco Tax Demanded’ has been held yesterday on 8 May at the conference lounge of National Press Club with the initiative of PROGGA and Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) with support of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) and in association of other anti-tobacco organizations including National Heart Foundation (NHF), Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), Association for Community Development (ACD), Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) and Tamak Birodhi Nari Jote (TABINAJ).

A written statement, at the press conference, was presented by Dr. Rumana Huque, Professor, Economics Department, University of Dhaka. Prominent economist, Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) was the chief guest at the event while Md. Aminur Rahman, former member (Tax Policy) of National Board of Revenue (NBR) attended as the special guest. The press conference was presided over by National Professor Brig (Rtd.) Abdul Malik. Mortuza Haider Liton, chief crime correspondent of bdnews24.com and convener of ATMA; Shafiqul Islam Bangladesh Country Advisor, Vital Strategies; Farida Akhter, Executive Director, UBINIG; Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman Bhuiyan, Grants Manager (Bangladesh), Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK); ABM Zubair, Executive Director, PROGGA were among others present at the event. It was hosted by Nadira Kiron, Chief Reporter ATN Bangla and co-convener of ATMA.

Dr. Qazi Khaliquzzamman Ahmed said, “Slab-based tax structure for cigarettes is the way of tax evasion. So, gradually we have to move for a single/uniform tax structure.” He also added that the initiatives should be adopted if we want to have a tobacco-free Bangladesh by 2040. Mohammad Aminur Rahman said that “The matter of cigarette smuggling is baseless”. He expected that the NBR will get rid of this tobacco company led propaganda and stop celebrating the cigarette smuggling prevention week. National Professor Brig (Rtd.) Abdul Malik said, “Increasing tobacco tax is important to battle with the damages caused by tobacco.”The press conference informed that the existing tobacco tax structure in Bangladesh is complex and tax is realised by ad valorem system which creates the additional complexity and increases the chances of tax evasion. Hence, demands of imposing specific tax for every packet or containers was placed at the press conference.
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PROGGA celebrates WNTD 2016, awards anti-tobacco mediamen

about_img PROGGA TCJ Award giving ceremony at CIRDAP Auditorium on May 29, 2016.

With the theme – Get Ready for Plain Packaging, PROGGA has observed the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2016 and simultaneously has awarded Tobacco Control Journalism Award – 2016 in association with Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA). The ceremony was held at CIRDAP Auditorium on May 29, 2016. Mohammed Nasim MP, the Minister for Health spoke at the event as Chief Guest. National Professor Brig. (Rtd.) Abdul Malik, the Founder and President of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh also spoke on the occasion as special guest while Prof. Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice-chancellor, University of Dhaka was present as the guest of honor. Mortuza Haider Liton, Convener of ATMA; Shariful Alam, Lead Consultant of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) and ABM Zubair, Executive Director of PROGGA were also present at the ceremony. The honorable Health Minister expressed his commitment to ensure GHW implementation according to the existing law (upper 50% pack warning) from 19th June as a first step to go for plain packaging and to achieve the Prime Minister’s target ‘tobacco free Bangladesh by 2040’. The Speakers also suggested removal of existing differential tax base for tobacco taxation and commence an unified tobacco tax system in the next budget 2016-17 fiscal considering the public health. A large number of delegates from policy making level, mass media representatives, civil society members, anti-tobacco organization representatives were also present, while eminent journalist and Deputy Editor of The Daily Samakal, Muzzammil Husain, was on Chair. The event was moderated by Co-convener of ATMA Nadira Kiron.


PROGGA conferred Tobacco Control Journalism Award 2016 to eight journalists in four categories. Each of them received Tk 50,000, a crest and a certificate for their outstanding anti-tobacco reports. The laurels are: Doulot Akter Mala, Special correspondent of The Financial Express and S Dilip Roy, Lalmonirhat District Correspondent of The Daily Star for the best English Newspaper report; Khorshed Alom Sagor, Lalmonirhat District correspondent of Bangla news24.com and Sunil Singha, Staff reporter of Sylheter Dak, Sylhet for best Regional newspaper report; Rita Nahar, Senior reporter of Boishakhi television and Jharna Roy, Senior reporter of Desh television for best Broadcast Report; S.A.M Hamid-Uz-Zaman, Staff Reporter of The Daily Jugantor and Ziaul Hoq Mizan, Senior Reporter of The Daily Nayadiganta for the best Bangla Newspaper report.

Marking the WNTD 2016, PROGGA has produced a documentary a documentary (https://youtu.be/0ZbcxULqHGA) based on the theme of this year.

Budget Reaction 2015 on Tobacco Taxation

about_img Eminent Economist Professor Dr. Abul Barkat presenting the budget analysis at Press Club, Dhaka on 22 June 2015.

A post-budget press conference on tobacco taxation was organized on 22 June 2015, conjointly by Human Development Research Center (HDRC), Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) and PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress).
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PROGGA celebrates WNTD 2015, awards anti-tobacco mediamen

about_img PROGGA TCJ Award giving ceremony at BIAM Foundation on May 28, 2015.

With the theme – Stop Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products, PROGGA has observed the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2015 and simultaneously has awarded Tobacco Control Journalism Award – 2015 in association with Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA). The ceremony was held at BIAM Foundation on May 28, 2015. Nobi Newaz MP, the Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Forest spoke at the event as Chief Guest. Dr. Arup Ratan Chowdhury, the President of MANAS and Member of National Tobacco Control Taskforce Committee spoke on the occasion as special guest while ABM Zubair, Executive Director of PROGGA, Mortuza Haider Liton, Convener of ATMA and Nadira Kiron, Co-convener of ATMA were also present at the ceremony. Hasan Shahriar, Coordinator, PROGGA presented the key note paper at the function. All of the honorable guests vowed to continue their support to stop illicit trade of tobacco products and slap higher tax on all forms of tobacco products in the next budget of 2015-16 fiscal years considering the public health. A large number of delegates from policymaking level, mass media representatives, civil society members, anti-tobacco organization representatives were also present, while eminent journalist and Editor of The Daily Shokaler Khabar, Muzzammil Husain, was on chair.

PROGGA conferred Tobacco Control Journalism Award 2015 to four journalists in four categories. Each of them received Tk 50,000, a crest and a certificate for their outstanding anti-tobacco reports. The laurels are: Hamid-Uz-Zaman, Staff Reporter of Daily Janakantha for the best Bangla Newspaper report, S Dilip Roy, Lalmonirhat District Correspondent of The Daily Star for the best English Newspaper report, Abu Bakar Siddique, Staff Reporter of Daily Jalalabad, Sylhet for best Regional newspaper report, Md Ashiqur Rahman Chowdhury, Senior Correspondent of NTV for best Broadcast Report.

Marking the WNTD 2015, PROGGA has produced a documentary (https://youtu.be/n1RD_Vyl1jc) based on the World No Tobacco Day theme of this year.

Pre-Budget Press Conference on the Proposals for Tobacco-Tax in Bangladesh

about_img Professor Dr. Abul Barkat presenting the tobacco tax proposal at DRU, Dhaka on 21 May 2015.

A “Pre-Budget Press Conference on the Proposals for Tobacco-Tax in Bangladesh” was organized on 21 May 2015 at Dhaka Reporters Unity, jointly organized by PROGGA, Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA), and Human Development Research Centre (HDRC).

Budget Reaction 2014 on Tobacco Taxation

about_img Eminent Economist Dr. Abul Barkat presenting the budget analysis at Press Club, Dhaka on 12 June 2014.

A post-budget press conference on tobacco taxation was organized on 12 June 2014, conjointly by Human Development Research Center (HDRC), Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) and PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress). The eminent economist Dr. Abul Barkat was the key speaker at the program

PROGGA celebrates WNTD 2014, awards anti-tobacco mediamen

about_img PROGGA TCJ Award giving ceremony at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla on May 29, 2014.

With the theme – Raise Taxes on Tobacco, PROGGA has observed the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2014 and simultaneously has awarded Tobacco Control Journalism Award – 2014 in association with the ATMA. The ceremony was held at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla on May 29, 2014. Hasanul Haq Inu MP, the Minister for Information spoke at the event as Chief Guest. MA Mannan MP, the State Minister of Finance and Meher Afroze Chumki MP, the State Minister for Women and Children Affairs also spoke on the occasion as special guests while Prof. Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice-chancellor, University of Dhaka was the guest of honor. Taifur Rahman, Director, Bangladesh Program of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), presented the key note paper at the function. A large number of delegates from policy making level, mass media representatives, civil society members, anti-tobacco organization representatives were also present, while eminent journalist and Editor of The Daily Shokaler Khabar, Muzzammil Husain was on chair.

PROGGA conferred Tobacco Control Journalism Award 2014 to five journalists in four categories. Each of them received Tk 50,000, a crest and a certificate for their outstanding anti-tobacco reports. The laurels are: Ubaidullah Badol, Senior Reporter of Daily Jugantor for best Bangla Newspaper, Abu Bakar Siddique, Staff Reporter of The Daily Dhaka Tribune for best English Newspaper report, Shah Suhel Ahmed, Chief Reporter of Daily Sylhet Surma, Sylhet for best Regional newspaper report, Moidul Islam, Staff Correspondent of NTV for best Broadcast Report and Rita Nahar, Staff Reporter of Boishakhi TV for best Broadcast Report.

On the occasion of WNTD 2014, PROGGA has produced a documentary based on the theme of this year which was released today at the function, and the documentary link is attached herein for your convenience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGXVgI73FPw&feature=youtu.be

Anti-tobacco TVC Campaign kicked-off

Campaign launching rally on 10 January, 2014.

Aiming to popularize three important sections of the Amended Tobacco Control Law of 2013 among relevant stakeholders, PROGGA has launched an Anti-tobacco mass media campaign from 10 January 2014. As part of the campaign, three TVCs (inclusion of smokeless tobacco products as tobacco, tobacco advertisement ban at point-of-sales, and ban on selling of tobacco products to and by minors) will be aired round the month on 5 popular private TV channels (ATN Bangla, BanglaVision, Desh TV, Ekattor TV, Independent TV) starting from today. Marking the launching ceremony, a grand rally has been held in the city where representatives of tobacco control organizations, media personnel and other civil society members participated.

The three TVC’s links are:
1. TVC on smokeless tobacco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZPfIZsT3pA

2. TVC on banning sale of tobacco products to or by minors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxmz6Tt-uJQ

3. TVC on TAPS ban: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKQOL4oqz50

PROGGA celebrates WNTD 2013 & Awards anti-tobacco mediamen

about_img PROGGA TCJ Award giving ceremony at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla on May 29, 2013.

PROGGA linked up with Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA), celebrated the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2013 and distributed PROGGA Tobacco Control Journalism Award 2013 on the eve of WNTD at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla on 29 May 2013. Hasanul Haq Inu MP, the Minister for Information spoke at the occasion as the Chief Guest, and guest of honor Prof. Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique, Vice-chancellor, University of Dhaka and Taifur Rahman, Advocacy and Media Coordinator, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) was also present at the function.
This year PROGGA conferred Tobacco Control Journalism Award 2013 to five journalists in different categories. Each of them was awarded with Tk 50,000, a crest and a certificate. The laurels are: Mazadul Noyon, Staff Correspondent of banglanews24.com for best Bangla Newspaper/online Report, Faisal Mahmud, Staff Reporter of The Daily Dhaka Tribune for the best English Newspaper/online Report, Iamam Mehedi, Staff Reporter of The Daily Arshinagar, Kushtia for best Regional newspaper report, Mohsin-ul Hakim, Special Correspondent of Channel 24 for best Television Report, Amin Al Rasheed, Senior Reporter of ABC Radio for best Audio Report.
A large number of delegates from policy making level, mass media representatives, civil society members, anti-tobacco organizations’ members were also present, while Muzzammil Husain chaired the occasion.

Workshop on ‘Tobacco Control Law Amendment: What Next?’

about_imgSaber Hossain Chowdhury MP, addressing at the workshop at Hotel La Vinci, Dhaka on 17 January 2013.

As we know, the Smoking and Tobacco Product Usage (control) Act (amendment) 2012, has got final Cabinet approval on 26 November 2012, it is now waiting to be placed in the next winter parliamentary session. This is the most crucial moment before the amendment is made act by the parliament. With a view to map the next course of actions, PROGGA has organized the workshop on `Tobacco Control Law Amendment: What Next?’ which held on Thursday, 17 January 2013. About 40 members of Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) participated at the workshop while Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury MP, Chairperson of All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change was present on the occasion.

Death Clock Ticking in Bangladesh

about_imgInformation minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, unveils the death clock

The ‘Death Clock’ campaign has been unwrapped by the Information Minister, Hasanul Haq Inu, today, 5 January 2013 at Bijoy Sarani crossing (opposite to Novo Theatre), Dhaka. ATMA members, TC community leaders, and representatives from the CTFK, the UNION, WHO, and journalists from different media, among others, were also present at the unwrapping ceremony.
In Bangladesh, around 57,000 people die from tobacco-related diseases annually, i.e. tobacco kills 156 people in a day. The Cabinet has approved the draft of the amended tobacco control act of 2012 in principle in 27 Aug, 2012. Within the 132 days after the Cabinet approval at the draft, over 20,000 people have already expired. The `Death Clock’, set on a billboard in the form of a digital clock, is displaying the number of deaths due to tobacco use with a view to draw greater attention of the policy makers and to create stronger public supports for the urgency of passing the amended tobacco control law.

Briefing on Tobacco Control Law Amendment

about_img06 September 2012, Hotel Sundarban, Dhaka

The briefing session on ‘Tobacco Control Law Amendment: Expectations and Realities’ aimed at providing recent updates of the tobacco control law amendment, approved by the Cabinet in principle on 27 August, 2012, and to envisage further media advocacy plan after the Cabinet’s decision. 44 Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) members participated at the program.

Up-Coming Event

Post Budget Press Conference on Tobacco Taxation.

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