Pakistan advocates legislation to achieve universal smoking cessation within the next ten years

Pakistan advocates legislation to achieve universal smoking cessation within the next ten years

According to a report by MENAFN- Tribal News Network on January 13, ISLAMABAD - The Alternative Research Initiative (ARI) has once again emphasized Pakistan’s determination to achieve universal smoking cessation within the next decade.

Project Director Arshad Ali Syed pointed out that as of 2024, approximately 31 million adults (13% of Pakistan’s population) smoke, and while developed countries around the world are working hard to eliminate smoking, Pakistan I hope to keep up with this pace.

Saeed acknowledged that Pakistan's current regulations on smoking at the federal and provincial levels are still quite limited. He called on provincial governments to enact more comprehensive regulations to reduce the harms of smoking, provide more convenient smoking cessation services, and take practical measures to eliminate smoking. He specifically mentioned the government's decision in February 2023 to impose an additional 150% tax on domestically produced tobacco products. This step is considered part of positive change. However, he stressed the need for further action and stressed that providing accessible smoking cessation services was also an important expression of human rights.

ARI firmly believes that achieving comprehensive smoking cessation in Pakistan within the next decade is feasible through research-based policies. Said called on the government to ensure that effective smoking cessation facilities are provided to smokers, to listen to the voices of smokers, and to incorporate Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) into national tobacco control policies.

Regarding Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR), this concept was proposed by Michael Russell in 1976 to make people understand that smokers mainly inhale nicotine, and the health risks mainly come from the tar component in tobacco. The idea suggests that if smokers had access to alternative nicotine products that did not contain combustion, they could potentially avoid the health risks associated with smoking, which produces smoke containing tar and other harmful substances.
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