400 drivers made aware of adverse impact of smoking


City Desk :
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) Health Sector have imparted training to 400 public transport drivers here with the aim of proper implementation of the Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products (Control) Act (Amendment-2013).
The training was held at Zoar Sahara BRTC Bus Depot on April 1 and April 8, reports BSS.
Adut Rahman Emon, Program Officer of the Tobacco Control Project of the Health Sector of DAM, presented a documentary on the implementation of the Tobacco Control Act and the health damage to tobacco consumption among bus, CNG and human hauler drivers.
The drivers were informed about the bad effects of direct and indirect smoking and health hazards. Passengers, especially women and children, are indirectly exposed to smoke on public transport due to the smoking of drivers and their assistants.
The participating drivers got a clear idea through a video documentary about the harmfulness of smoking in public transport, and the legal obligations were presented to the bus drivers in detail.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission and BRTA have been jointly conducting this training program regularly
every week, to make public transport cent percent tobacco-free and implement the law.