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.
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.
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.
12 Jul 2017
10 Aug 2016
10 Aug 2016
Myths & Misconceptions Regarding THR in Pakistan
The tobacco consumption is levying a burden of Rs 615 billion per annum on the national exchequer in terms of…
A new research revealed that respiratory symptoms, such as cough and wheeze, are more likely to develop when people use…
A vast majority of youngsters in Pakistan are still failing to undergo comprehensive oral screenings, and this greatly increases the…