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Sale of Cigarette to Youngsters, Tobacco Control Laws

buy dunhill cigaretteCitizens on Wednesday asked the health authorities concerned to make proper strategies to prevent the sale of tobacco products to minors. Expressing dismay over the flagrant disregard of anti-tobacco laws, citizens said that cigarettes were being sold to minors almost in all markets in sheer violation of laws. Talking to APP, they said that only the effective on-ground implementation of regulations would serve the purpose of tobacco-control laws.

They said that sincere efforts were needed to prevent the spread of tobacco use, as smoking at indoor public places, tobacco product advertising and promotions, printing of pictorial health warnings on packets and availability of duty-free and attractive smuggled brands in the market were still widespread.

They stressed the need for efficaciously implementing the tobacco-control laws across the country and curtailing the sale of smuggled and duty-free tobacco products. It is pertinent to mention here that in line with the spirit of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the government has enacted various tobacco-control measures through the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance 2002. The said law contains provisions banning smoking at public places, restricting advertising and promotion of tobacco products and prohibiting the sale of cigarettes to minors.

Pakistan is the 5th country in Asia, and the 26th in the world, which has introduced pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs under the Cigarette Printing of Warning Ordinance, 2002.

According to sources, more than 15 billion smuggled and duty-free cigarettes are sold in the country every year. This illicit trade not only causes an annual loss of more than Rs 10 billion to the national exchequer, but also undermines public health agenda as these tobacco products fail to comply with the regulations issued by the government, the citizens complained.

Most of these packs do not even carry the Urdu health warning, while the regulations prohibiting consumer promotions are also being blatantly violated, they added. When contacted, an official said that the government was creating awareness about hazardous effects of smoking on health. He said several countries were still unable to follow all articles of the FCTC, while Pakistan was among the few countries that comply with almost all of its articles. He said the government had put in place numerous measures to activate implementation and enforcement of tobacco control laws in the country.

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