Global review of use of e-cigarettes as anti-smoking aid sparks debate

  • October 25, 2020
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Islamabad : Even though a belated development, medical professionals and representatives of tobacco control entities in Pakistan have finally broken the silence around whether e-cigarettes (ECs) should be promoted as effective anti-smoking aids for smokers attempting to quit. The impetus to discuss the use of ECs for smoking cessation—a subject mired in controversy—came from the […]

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‘Smoke Free Pakistan’ Mobile Application Inaugurated

  • October 24, 2020
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SIALKOT, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 24th Oct, 2020 ) :Additional Deputy Commissioner Sialkot Farooq Akmal inaugurated ‘Smoke Free Pakistan’ mobile application on smoking violations, here on Saturday. The ‘Smoke Free Pakistan’ mobile application was inaugurated in a meeting of the ‘Tobacco Control Task Force’ held at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office. This […]

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Tobacco Harm Reduction

  • October 24, 2020
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Tobacco harm reduction (THR) is a health strategy implemented to curtail the risks associated with tobacco products to users and society at large. The concept of THR dates back to 1976 when Professor Michael Russell, also considered the father of tobacco harm reduction, stated that people smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar. […]

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Will Pakistan’s tobacco traceability odyssey finally come to an end?

  • October 23, 2020
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In the light of extensive links between Big Tobacco and legislative processes, there’s little reason to wonder why the government’s previous attempts to install a tracking system have been so notoriously opaque and dysfunctional Pakistan is bracing for the second wave of the coronavirus as the number of active cases rapidly increases. October 19th saw […]

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Tobacco control efforts eclipsed by lack of policy

  • October 11, 2020
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Islamabad : Even though some cosmetic measures are in place to encourage smokers to quit, Pakistan’s overall progress in terms of implementation of tobacco cessation interventions is, at best, sluggish. It is time the government allocates funds for sustainable implementation of tobacco control laws and announces the much-delayed National Tobacco Control Policy so that well-directed […]

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Why Very Few Smokers Quit Smoking In Pakistan?

  • October 11, 2020
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Even though some cosmetic measures are in place to encourage smokers to quit, Pakistan’s overall progress in terms of implementation of tobacco cessation interventions is, at best, sluggish. It is time the government allocates funds for sustainable implementation of tobacco control laws and announces the much-delayed National Tobacco Control Policy so that well-directed efforts can […]

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Cancer on the rise

  • October 5, 2020
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THE findings of a recent study conducted by the Dow University of Health Sciences have revealed that cancer of the gastrointestinal tract is on the rise in Karachi. This might not just be a coincidence, as the study indicates — Karachi is also the city with the highest prevalence of oral cancer in the country. […]

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Tobacco industry not doing enough for transition to reduced-risk alternatives

  • September 27, 2020
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Islamabad : The tobacco industry is not phasing out cigarettes or transitioning smokers to reduced-risk alternatives quickly enough, states the first-ever Tobacco Transformation Index launched by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW). As a tool designed to accelerate the reduction of harm caused by tobacco use, the index is a comprehensive evaluation of the […]

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Going smoke-free

  • September 26, 2020
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Amid the horrible numbers of a global pandemic that has taken nearly one million lives, it’s easy to forget that eight times more people will die from tobacco-related diseases this year, and for years to come. Just as Covid-19 has forced us all to make hard health choices, it’s time to start making hard choices […]

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