High-Level Leadership Seminar on Tobacco Control in Bangladesh held

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA organized a High-Level Leadership Seminar on Tobacco Control in Bangladesh in collaboration with the National Tobacco Control Cell, in-country partners in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, and Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) on August 2, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Lakeshore Hotel, Gulshan- 2, Dhaka.
The objectives of the Seminar were to:  (1) Develop a better understanding of the need for and benefits of tobacco control among the Government and civil society leaders; and, (2) Enhance political support for tobacco control.  Participants were from among the senior country leadership at the level of MPs, Secretaries and other policy makers, representatives from media agencies, and selected civil society organizations. 
This Seminar follows a 6-day, in-depth, Tobacco Control Leadership Program held in Cox’s Bazar from July 28 to August 2 that focused on building leadership capacity to develop effective tobacco control policy and interventions. Participants in this 6-day Program were, among others, officials from the relevant government ministries and departments, representatives from print and electronic media agencies and civil society organizations actively involved in supporting implementation of tobacco control plans and programs.  Among other things, these participants discussed tobacco control issues that could benefit from high-level political support.
Mr. Steve Tamplin, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of PublicHealth welcomed the guests and participants. Professor Frank Chaloupka, University of Illinois-Chicago; Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary, Member of Parliament; and Dr. Nasiruddin Ahmed, Visiting Fellow, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University attended the program as the Speakers.The Seminar was chaired by Mr. Muhammad Ruhul Quddus, Additional Secretary (Budget), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 
Among others, Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan, Director & CEO, BCCP attended the Seminar.