Tobacco Control Cell disbanded

  • April 29, 2021
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ISLAMABAD: Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has disbanded the Tobacco Control Cell (TCC) and terminated services of its staff. According to anti-tobacco advocates this sends out an extremely negative message to the international community, which is going to observe World No Tobacco Day next month. Parliamentary Secretary (Health) Dr Nausheen Hamid was unaware of […]

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Consumption of tobacco costs Pakistan Rs 615bn per annum

  • April 29, 2021
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The tobacco consumption is levying a burden of Rs 615 billion per annum on the national exchequer in terms of economic and health costs as the smoking-attributable direct cost is 8.3 percent of the total country’s health expenditure. Anti-smoking experts said this in a virtual launch of “Tobacco Tax Reforms Model in Light of Health […]

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Tobacco industry pays peanuts to govt

  • April 25, 2021
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Islamabad : The multinational tobacco industry in Pakistan has been earning millions of rupees annually through the sale of cigarettes and other related products but was paying peanuts to the government in taxes. This is revealed in a research study, “Illicit Trade in Tobacco: A Dossier on Contributing Factors and its Global Implications,” that was […]

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Economic burden of tobacco disease, death tops Rs615bln

  • April 25, 2021
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LAHORE: Pakistan, with 24 million active tobacco users, is among world’s top tobacco-consuming nations and the economic burden of related diseases is relatively huge here, findings of a study showed on Monday. The study titled “The Economic Cost Of Tobacco-Induced Diseases in Pakistan” was released in April 2021 by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics […]

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An alternate to better public health

  • April 23, 2021
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Global public health is under dual pressure: while the ongoing pandemic is putting public health under pressure, another high-burden epidemic – the tobacco epidemic – has been unnerving public health for decades, pushing more than 8 million people from around the world to the verge of death every year. In a scenario where an average […]

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