Minister, National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, said that Pakistan is implementing tax and price policies on tobacco products as a way to reduce tobacco consumption. In this regard, Tobacco Control Cell formed a technical working group on tobacco taxation. For the Federal Budget 2016-17, this Ministry has also sent recommendations to Ministry of Finance to increase taxes on tobacco products and earmark tobacco tax revenue for Prime Ministers Health Program for treatment of NCDS. The target is to increase tobacco taxation to the minimum level of 70% as recommended by WHO. She said this while she was addressing to gathering of seminar conducted to commemorate World No Tobacco Day, 2016.
In 2007 ,Five million people died in the world as a direct result of tobacco.
In 20th Century, tobacco epidemic killed 100 million people world-wide.
About 100,000 people die annually due to tobacco use.
Tobacco use is a risk factor for six out of eight leading causes of death in the world.
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 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: