Tobacco control advocates urge govt to increase FED, implement surcharge on tobacco products

  • June 26, 2020
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Islamabad: Tobacco control advocates on Thursday appreciated the government for not succumbing to the pressure from tobacco industry and retaining the two tier structure for tobacco taxation in the current pre-budget time period. In an online media session, CEO Human Development Foundation (HDF) Azhar Saleem appreciated the steps taken by government for tobacco control. He […]

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Smoking puts you at greater risk of coronavirus: researcher

  • June 21, 2020
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Covid-19 may develop more vigorously in the smokers as compared to the nonsmokers. It has been observed during the research activity that there are very obnoxious chemicals present in the cigarette smoke. “Regular smoking damages the defense cells in the respiratory tract. SARS -COV-19 can travel without any resistance to the lungs for the deadliest […]

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Smoking: engage, not stigmatize, the youth

  • June 11, 2020
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Most low-income countries including Pakistan continue to face increasing burden of tobacco epidemic with a current cigarette smoking prevalence of 15.2% among adults and 6.3% among youth. Unfortunately, due to the current approach of shunning smokers or labeling a teenager who smokes as a ‘bad person’ alienates them more, risking isolation and further increase in […]

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Govt must discourage import of cigarettes, ban e-cigarettes

  • June 10, 2020
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As the country is producing more tobacco in 2020 than 2019, the government must discourage unbridled import of cigarettes and tobacco. Pakistan Tobacco Board (PTB) has estimated increase in the production of flue cured Virginia, dark cured Virginia, dark cured Rustika and white patta. The PTB has projected 6.5 percent increase in output of flue […]

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Anti-tobacco campaigners challenge industry figures

  • June 7, 2020
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The government of Pakistan is announcing its budget for the next fiscal year within days and no doubt these are one of the toughest times for this exercise. The spread of the new coronovirus has posed tough challenges for the ruling dispensation related especially to the health and safety of its citizens and the economy […]

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