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ITH current smoking patterns, about 500 million people alive today will eventually be killed by tobacco use. More than half of these are now children and teenagers. By 2030, tobacco is expected to be the single biggest cause of death worldwide, accounting for about 10 million deaths per year. Increased activity to reduce this burden is a priority for both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank as part of their missions to improve health and reduce poverty. By enabling efforts to identify and implement effective tobacco control policies, particularly in children, both organizations would be fulfilling their missions and helping to reduce the suffering and costs of the smoking epidemic"

(Source: Curbing the epidemic)

WNTD 2009
In Pakistan

May 31, 2009

In historical moment, Pakistan took bold initiatives and delivered lethal blows to knock down the tobacco industry.

Due to consistent efforts of the tobacco control lobby in Pakistan and effective coordination between the Federal Ministry of Health, World Health Organization Pakistan, CTC-Pak, TheNetwork and international partners in Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco the long controversial SRO on allowing DSAs has been rolled back.

The tobacco industry has been prohibited to offer free giveaways, cash rebates or discounts as marketing tactics.

Moreover, Pakistan Railways has been declared 'Smoke-Free' from July 1st, 2009

and finally,

recognizing the importance of this year's WNTD theme, 'Pictorial Health Warnings' on cigarette packs will be introduced in January 2010.


Pakistan was strongly criticized by the civil society and international friends when back in September 2008 it issued a SRO allowing Designated Smoking Areas in the country. Tobacco control activists raised their voices, made public appeals, wrote letter and build campaigns raising awareness on the issue which result in holding of the said ordinance in October 2008. And now, after 9 months of labour, sweet results have emerged and the said SRO is finally withdrawn.

CTC-Pak would like to thank all its friends, the coalition members, media friends Tobacco Control Initiative Cell (Ministry of Health), World Health Organisation,  Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids , the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease among others who have provided their continuous support during this time.

Congratulations to all.


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CTC-Pak has been advocating for stronger measures for tobacco control by the translation and adaptation of FCTC provisions into national tobacco control laws resulting in the success in convincing the signing and ratification of the FCTC by the Government of Pakistan.

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