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‘Death clock’ to deter smokers

Bangladesh has unveiled a “Death Clock” in its capital to raise awareness about smoking-related deaths in a country which ranks among the world’s highest in tobacco consumption.

Around 57,000 people die annually from tobacco-related diseases in Bangladesh, on average 156 people per day, said Sayed Badrul Karim, from the Progga NGO, which is supported by the Washington-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

The “Death Clock”, which keeps a rolling tally of people dying of tobacco-related illnesses each day, was installed on a busy road near prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s residence.