BATB holds concert, violates tobacco control law
A multinational tobacco company has organized concerts in Dhaka to promote its brand in gross violation of the tobacco control law.
On Sunday, the third day of the concert mainly for university goers, bdnews24.com found a group of BRAC University students entering the venue, Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, after 5pm.
The programme was, however, postponed half an hour before its 7pm start.
It was not clear why Sunday’s event was postponed. No one was willing to comment on the highly restricted programme that barred the media.
A student told bdnews24.com that the concert would continue until Sep 24. “They may change the venue,” he said.
However, the event caused a furor among anti-tobacco groups.
An anti-tobacco body, PROGAA, which has deployed a team to investigate the tricky advertisement of tobacco products and companies across Bangladesh, found that the British American Tobacco (BAT) started the concert from Friday.
“It is to promote a new brand that BAT just launched in the market,” a PROGGA spokesperson said.
“On the first day, they invited students from North South University, and on the second day (Saturday) American International University Bangladesh (AIUB).