National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on Thursday urged for taking serious steps for tobacco control in the country.
The committee meeting which was chaired by Khalid Hussain Magsi said that there was a need to have effective measures to protect the health of youth from negative impacts of tobacco use. The committee members said that effective legislation and proper implementation of tobacco control laws was necessary. The Chairman committee said that all members were united on anti tobacco initiatives.
Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said that efforts were being made to protect the youth from increasing use of smoking in productive age by creating awareness among them. She said that several innovative steps had been taken by the government to encourage youth to quit smoking while all concerned anti tobacco laws were being implemented in true spirit.
She said that there were several reasons of carrying HIV and added that the ministry would not oppose any legislation regarding HIV. She assured that the ministry would ensure implementation of any such law in the federal capital if it was passed.
The committee also discussed the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Dr Nikhat Shakeel Khan.—APP