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Bangladesh

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Introduction

Bangladesh became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in certain public places and workplaces such as healthcare and educational facilities and on certain forms of public transport. The law, however, permits the establishment of smoking areas in many other public places and workplaces, including restaurants and hotels. Rules may restrict the form and location of these designated smoking areas, but have not yet been issued. With respect to outdoor places, children’s parks, fairs and queues of passengers riding public vehicles are smoke free but the law permits the establishment of smoking areas in these places. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Tobacco advertising is prohibited in all print and electronic media, including at the point-of-sale. Free and discounted tobacco products also are prohibited, but internet tobacco sales and tobacco products bearing non-tobacco brand names are allowed. Sponsorship is prohibited; however charitable donations are permitted so long as tobacco trademarks are not used. Publicity of sponsorship whose purpose is to advertise tobacco or that relates to corporate responsibility programs is prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Graphic health warnings are required to cover at least 50 percent of the top of the main display areas of all tobacco products. The law provides six warnings for smoked products and two warnings for smokeless products, but additional warnings may be included in the rules. The law does not provide for the rotation of the health warnings. Rules specifying the details of the warnings have not yet been issued. Misleading terms such as “light” and “low tar” are prohibited on tobacco packaging, but other misleading packaging (e.g., colors, numbers, and symbols) is not prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: The Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act, 2005, as amended by the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) (Amendment) Act, 2013, is the principal law governing tobacco control in Bangladesh. The Act is comprehensive and covers smoke free policies; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and packaging and labeling of tobacco products, among other areas. The Smoking and Using of Tobacco Products (Control) Rules, 2006 provide further guidance to the extent they do not contradict with provisions of the Act. The 2005 Act was passed after Bangladesh became a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and was enacted as an addition to, not in derogation of, existing laws, at least to the extent that there were no contradictory provisions. The non-exclusive list of existing legislation includes the Railways Act, 1890 (governing smoking in railway compartments) and the Juvenile Smoking Act, 1919 (governing the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors under the age of 16).

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.

Last updated: October 22nd 2013
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