Tobacco Control

Civil society concerned over legalising e-cigarettes in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD : Coalition for Tobacco Control-Pakistan (CTC-Pak) and other tobacco control organisations have expressed their concerns and utter disappointment on measures being taken by the government to legalise heated tobacco products particularly e-cigarettes in Pakistan which are against the protocols of FCTC. Being the signatory of the FCTC, issuing SRO regarding e-cigarettes would be violation international convention protocols for tobacco control.
CTC-Pak project coordinator, Zeeshan Danish, in a statement has said that it is ironic that Ministry of Health instead of focusing on enforcement of tobacco control laws to safe public health, is facilitating tobacco industry by disregarding the Article 5.2 of the FCTC. Moreover, the Ministry did not even consult with the all stakeholders while taking measures to legalise heated tobacco products which are already banned in the region’s countries.

It is surprising that the ministry is trying to reverse the country’s two decades efforts and achievements regarding tobacco control.

Tobacco control advocates urged upon the ministry of health that instead of facilitating tobacco industry, it should focus on the approval of National Tobacco Control Strategy lying with ministry for the past many months. They also urged upon the Tobacco Control Cell of Ministry of Health to play its role and thwart the efforts to spread tobacco products in the country jeopardising the public health.