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In Pakistan, there are now 31 million smokers, and each day, 466 individuals pass away from tobacco-related illnesses including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and chronic lung diseases. The Tobacco Health Levy Bill, which must be approved immediately hold since 2019, needs to be approved right away in order to stop this loss of life and healthcare resources.
Dr. Ziauddin Islam, a former technical chief of the Health Ministry’s Tobacco Control Cell, made this statement during a discussion that was hosted by SPARC and attended by other decision-makers.
He claimed that every day, over 1,200 Pakistani kids between the ages of six and fifteen begin smoking. The idea of raising cigarette taxes and taking additional steps was endorsed by legislators who attended this gathering, including Senator Falak Naz, Uzma Riaz Jadoon, Saleh Mohammad, and others.
the assertion was made by Dr. Ziauddin Islam, a former technical chief of the Health Ministry’s Tobacco Control Cell, at a conversation that SPARC organized and other decision-makers were present.
He asserted that every day, between the ages of six and fifteen, more than 1,200 Pakistani children start smoking. Legislators present, including Senator Falak Naz, Uzma Riaz Jadoon, Saleh Mohammad, and others, supported the notion of increasing cigarette taxes and implementing further measures.
“If the traditional forms weren’t enough, the tobacco industry has now introduced novel products (nicotine pouches, e-cigarettes, and heated tobacco devices) that are openly sold to youth through point-of-sale advertising and extensive social media campaigns,” said Sophia Mansoori, the program coordinator at CTFK. Before our youngsters develop an addiction to them, it is imperative to outlaw any novel product forms.
The program manager for Sparc, Khalil Ahmed Dogar, made some last remarks, to which all of the decision-makers agreed. Khalil noted that the impact of inflation, viral infections, and inadequate nutrition on Pakistani children in 2022 was severe.
“We can’t afford to endanger their health anymore. A durable tobacco control program that includes the implementation of the Tobacco Health Levy, an increase in taxation and a graphic health warning, a ban on novel tobacco products, and zero sales of tobacco products close to educational institutions is needed, according to him.