Dhaka Tobacco Company is violating the tobacco control act by forcing tobacco farmers to buy 300tk worth of ‘Briton Cigarette’ while they come to take fertilizer as loan for tobacco cultivation in Lalmonirhat district. The fact has been revealed by ATMA members Milon Patwary and Khorsed Alam Shagor published in the daily Manabzamin and Banglanews24 respectively.
According to the law, this kind of force sale of tobacco products intending acceleration of tobacco use is strictly prohibited. But, the investigations found that the non-smoker farmers’ also bound to buy the cigarette which leads them to economic burden, otherwise they will not get the fertilizer from the company.
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