Time ripe for inclusion of harm reduction in tobacco control policy

  • September 6, 2020
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Islamabad : With the draft National Tobacco Control Policy in the process of being finalized, the time is just right for Pakistan to incorporate the concept of harm reduction as a key component of the policy, thereby enabling smokers to quit or to switch over to alternatives that are proven to be less damaging than […]

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Philip Morris Pakistan : plans to launch heated tobacco device in Pakistan

  • September 5, 2020
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Philip Morris (Pakistan) Limited (PMPKL), which posted an operating loss before tax of Rs2.44 billion for the year ended December 31, 2019, intends to introduce an alternative to cigarettes in Pakistan. ‘The company’s new product, which received a nod from the US authorities last year, can be introduced in Pakistan as well if the government […]

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Opening of first private tobacco cessation clinic soon

  • September 3, 2020
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Islamabad : The Ministry of National Health Services will provide progressive support to The Diabetes Centre (TDC) for establishment of the first tobacco cessation clinic in the private sector as part of the larger objective of rescuing the country’s next generation from the scourge of smoking. Formalising the arrangement, a Letter of Intent (LoI) was […]

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Minister wants educational institutions to be smoke free

  • September 1, 2020
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ISLAMABAD: A meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on Monday recommended that all educational institutions in Islamabad should be declared smoke-free zones. The meeting also recommended that CCTV cameras should be installed in all the educational institutions. Besides, the meeting called for healthcare standard operating procedures (SOPs) for schools, […]

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Policy urged to make youth aware of smoking’s harmful effects

  • August 28, 2020
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is one of the 15 largest users of tobacco in the world. Every hour, 12 Pakistanis die of heart attacks largely due to smoking. Moreover, over 50 chemicals used in cigarettes and other tobacco used for smoking cause cancer. As many as 438 people lose their lives every day due to tobacco use, […]

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Vaping linked to risk of Covid-19 in teens, young adults

  • August 12, 2020
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Vaping may be associated with a five to seven times increased risk of Covid-19 among US teenagers and young adults, a study published on Tuesday suggests. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed nationally representative survey data collected in May from 4,351 participants aged 13–24 years. The findings were published in the Journal […]

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Covid-19 and Pakistan’s raging NCD crisis

  • August 9, 2020
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As the world scrambles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, the most devastating infectious disease outbreak to hit the world in decades, the crisis has revealed a great deal about the gaps in our economic and health systems. At the same time, in the choice of its victims, the virus has also revealed another health crisis […]

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E-cigarettes

  • July 27, 2020
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This refers to the article, ‘Government urged to ban sale of e-cigarettes’ (July 16). The argument given is that they are bad for you and are impractical and a deficit to improve the local health sphere. The article also lauds India for their supposed ban on e-cigarettes. A mere Google search reveals that Modi’s decision […]

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‘Senate House’ cigarette packs distributed among MPs

  • July 27, 2020
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ISLAMABAD: The cigarette packets titled “Senate House” have been distributed among senators last week. These cigarette packets have been specially prepared by a senator, who happens to be a local cigarette manufacturer, and given free to different senators. These packets are designed with no health warning and with the “Government of Pakistan” emblem on the […]

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