Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, said that tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. In Pakistan, tobacco use is a cause of death of around 160,100 persons every year. Almost 23.9 million adults currently use tobacco in any form in the country. She was speaking in the award presentation ceremony held on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, 2018. She told that this Ministry had taken numerous measures to curb the use of tobacco in the country. In this regard, enhanced size Pictorial Health Warning (PHW) to be printed on cigarette packs outers (50% from 1st June, 2018 and 60% from 1st June, 2019) were notified.

  • Key Fact

    Tobacco kills up to half of its users.

  • In World

    Globally, tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year.

  • In Pakistan

    About 160,100 people die annually due to tobacco use.

  • Health effects

    Tobacco users who die prematurely deprive their families of income, raise healthcare cost & hinder development.

Welcome to Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Pakistan.

Tobacco Control Cell placed with Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination

After the devolution of Ministry of Health, Tobacco Control Cell has been placed with Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. This Ministry is thus responsible for taking necessary measures relating to tobacco control. Tobacco Control Cell is now headed by Director General, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination.

Tobacco Control Cell was established in July, 2007 with aim to enhance tobacco control efforts in Pakistan. The Cell is accelerating tobacco control activities in Pakistan through multifaceted efforts starting from planning, resource mobilization, institutional strengthening, public-private partnership and monitoring.

Tobacco Control Cell Implemented Mass Media Campaigns on Tobacco Control

Tobacco Control Cell implemented two national anti-tobacco mass media campaigns to focus on the health harms of tobacco. In first campaign, a 30 second Public Service Message called “Sponge” was designed to turn tobacco users’ thoughts about quitting into active quit attempts by showing the real health harms of smoking. The second campaign featured a public service announcement (PSA) called “Tobacco Is Hollowing You Out”, that graphically highlighted the many harmful illnesses caused by tobacco use, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and oral cancers.

 

Tobacco Control Cell Produced Documentary Film on Tobacco Control

Tobacco Control Cell produced a documentary film on hazards of tobacco use, health hazards of secondhand tobacco smoke and sheesha, based on interviews of the patients (testimonials) suffered from diseases caused by tobacco use. Currently the film is available on Dailymotion and Youtube in Urdu. Same will be uploaded with English Subtitles soon. Following are the weblinks to Urdu version: