The partners of Coalition for Tobacco Control-Pakistan (CTC-Pak) has launched the observation report providing insights on compliance statuses of various sections of the national tobacco control laws both at the national and provincial levels.
The report launched simultaneously by CTC-Pak at Islamabad, Peshawar and Karachi, was also officially presented to the Federal Tobacco Islamabad Control Cell, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination during the launching ceremony.
The report said tobacco control is progressing in Pakistan as there have been good policies and laws introduced adopted since the early 50s to bring coherency according to national and international obligations.
The sale of cigarettes to minors remains high nationwide as the tobacco industry adopted youth focused marketing tools for reaching out for its businesses despite the implementation of national tobacco control laws.
The overall data received showed generally higher compliance of the laws in most areas. The results indicate advertisements and youth focused marketing as main tools of the tobacco industry to reach general population including the youth.—APP