• The success rate of quitting smoking in Pakistan is one the lowest in the world-2.6%

  • Pakistan lacks a national tobacco cessation strategy. The country also does not provide national tobacco cessation clinical guidelines.

  • People smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar.
    Michael Russell

Rawal Arif

Rawal Arif is a young well-educated scholar having diverse knowledge of media, tobacco control, parliamentary proceedings and project management. He has done his O Level, A Level (Cambridge), BS (Hons) Media Studies, and presently doing (last semester) MS in Project Management.

TOBACCO HARM REDUCTION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME 

Funding is provided under the Programme as an educational grant to the scholar from KAC (Knowledge Action Change)

The concept of Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) is a new one in Pakistan. It is being confronted by tobacco control advocates with negative approach of spreading false effects of using harm reduction products. They feel challenged by THR initiative. The result is that THR movement is still in its infancy whereas the stakeholders including THR products’ users and sellers are keeping a low profile. There is a need to promote safer alternate for cessation and quitting smoking.

The objective of educational grant is mapping of prevailing tobacco control situation in Pakistan, analyzing scope of promoting THR products as well as understanding social dynamics with respect to the tobacco use in Pakistan.

Funding Statement

Knowledge -Action-Change are funded to run the THRSP with a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, a US nonprofit 501(c)(3) private foundation with a mission to end smoking in this generation. The Foundation accepts charitable gifts from PMI Global Services Inc. (PMI); under the Foundation’s Bylaws and Pledge Agreement with PMI, the Foundation is independent from PMI and the tobacco industry. The contents, selection, and presentation of facts, as well as any opinions expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the authors and under no circumstances shall be regarded as reflecting the positions of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Inc.

About Research

MAPPING OF HARM REDUCTION IN PAKISTAN

The use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) is a nascent phenomenon in Pakistan and seems to be hiding in plain sight. The people and business operators of harm reduction products (HRPs) are keeping a low key to avoid regulations and/or policies that could affect their business concerns. There are no clear
or defined regulations for the use of HRPs including imports, manufacturing or product contents. However, the e-cigarettes and other HRPs are legally imported as consumer goods, with tax duties imposed on them. Though e-cigarettes are imported as consumer products and the e-liquids as essential oil, the budget 2017-18 speech of the finance minister termed e-cigarettes in Pakistan as “not properly classified and subject to only 3%” customs duty. He added that “keeping in view the harmful effect on health, it is proposed
that electric cigarettes may be properly classified with 20% customs duty.”

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This scoping study reviews the status of HRPs in Pakistan for their use as harm reduction and smoking cessation tools. The study has been divided into two parts – literature review and consultation with stakeholders, including the tobacco control advocates. A total of 21 interviews were held with the stakeholders in Islamabad and Karachi. Compared to huge body of research work on combustible smoking, the preliminary assessment found lack of research literature on HRPs in Pakistan. The research and nonresearch material, mainly in the form of new stories, and the consultation with the stakeholders, have been synthesized on the HRPs use in Pakistan.

Reports

Final Narative report
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Interim report
Setting up foundation for bringing forth positive image of THR by neutralising negative campaign by WHO and BI partners in Pakistan.”

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Myths & Misconceptions Regarding THR in Pakistan

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Health Professional

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Seller

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Media Monitoring

Tobacco Control Cell disbanded

Tobacco Control Cell disbanded

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Consumption of tobacco costs Pakistan Rs 615bn per annum

Consumption of tobacco costs Pakistan Rs 615bn per annum

The tobacco consumption is levying a burden of Rs 615 billion per annum on the national exchequer in terms of…

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Use Of E-cigarettes, Tobacco Cigarettes Linked To Increased Risk Of Respiratory Symptoms: Study

Use Of E-cigarettes, Tobacco Cigarettes Linked To Increased Risk Of Respiratory Symptoms: Study

A new research revealed that respiratory symptoms, such as cough and wheeze, are more likely to develop when people use…

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Risks of oral cancer high as most Pakistani youths failing to undergo timely screening’

Risks of oral cancer high as most Pakistani youths failing to undergo timely screening’

A vast majority of youngsters in Pakistan are still failing to undergo comprehensive oral screenings, and this greatly increases the…

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