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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‘Pakistan Has Around 20 million Underage Smokers’

  • September 24, 2020
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Parliamentary secretary for Ministry of Health says a ‘smoke-free’ country can only be achieved through strict enforcement of regulations There are an estimated 20 million underage smokers across Pakistan, and it is estimated that around 1,200 children between the ages of 6 and 15 start smoking in the country daily, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, the parliamentary […]

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50% of global combustible cigarette market controlled by governments

  • September 19, 2020
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Islamabad : Nearly 50% of the global combustible cigarette market is controlled by governments that claim commitment to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which seeks to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure, reveals new research. Titled […]

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