Islamabad—Tobacco Control Cell (TCC) of Ministry of National Health Services has ensured more than 400 awareness and capacity building sessions for law enforcement agencies, authorized persons and general public in which about 12,000 persons have been sensitized and trained.
The Cell has been established to reduce prevalence of tobacco use in Pakistan by taking administrative, legislative and coordination measures for demand and supply reduction of tobacco products and implementation of Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) Articles.
Official sources on Friday said the Cell was also mandated to achieve target set in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) i.e. strengthening implementation of World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Since its inception, the sources said the Cell was taking demand and supply reduction measures to control epidemic of tobacco use in the country.
Highlighting the steps taken by the Cell in the country, the sources said these included dissemination of information materials on hazards of tobacco use, second hand tobacco smoke and tobacco control laws (1,100,000 units have been disseminated).
The other were installation of plates/posters carrying “Smoking is an Offense” message in ministries, schools/universities, hotels, public service vehicles and other public places, installation of 200 boards with tobacco control messages at public places in Islamabad and launching of national anti-tobacco mass media campaign, to focus on health harms of tobacco.
Regarding outdoor awareness activities, the sources said there included branding of buses with tobacco control messages in Islamabad/Rawalpindi.
More than 900 cases have been registered under various sections of “Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smoker’s Health Ordinance, 2002.”