• 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 Cost

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

TOBACCO CONTROL LAWS IN PAKISTAN
Chronology of Legislations/Laws/Notifications and key policy events in Pakistan

Year

Title

December 19, 2017

SRO 127 and 128 (KE)/2017 on PHW (50% and 60%).

January 29, 2015

SRO 22 and 23 (KE)/2015 on rotation of 85% PHW on cigarette packs and outers.

December 31, 2013

SRO 1086 (I)/2013 on ban on tobacco product advertisements in print, electronic and outdoor media.

March 29, 2011.

SRO 277(I)/2011 on delegation of powers as authorized officers to EDO (H), DHOs, Sanitary/Food Inspectors, EDO (E), DOES, AEOs, EAC/Magistrates, DDO(R) to act against the violators of tobacco control laws.

September 2, 2010

SRO 863(I)/2010 on prohibition of manufacture, import, sales and offer of tobacco packets containing less than 20 cigarettes w.e.f. 1st October, 2011.

December 21, 2009

SROs 01, 02  (KE), 2010 on amendment in effective date Printing of pictorial health warning on Cigarette packs and outers i.e. 31st May, 2010

October 23, 2009

SROs No.86, 87 (KE)/2009 on Printing of pictorial health warning on Cigarette packs and outers w.e.f. 1st February, 2010.

November 6, 2009

An SRO issued on printing of Pictorial Health Warnings

July 01, 2009

SRO 53 (KE)/2009 on prohibition of free samples, cash rebates etc

June 15, 2009

SRO 51 (KE)/2009 on withdrawal of Designated Smoking Areas

November 24, 2008

An SRO issued on Rotational Health Warnings

September 6, 2008

An SRO issued to allow Designated Smoking Areas

May 30, 2007

8th Meeting of Guidelines Committee under SRO 655 for further restrictions on tobacco advertisements and sponsorships

April 12, 2006

Notification No. HR. Cell/R.2127/SCP-2005 of Supreme Court of Pakistan for enforcement of tobacco control legislations in Pakistan

August 2004

National Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion in Pakistan. Islamabad, Pakistan: tripartite collaboration of the Ministry of Health, Government of Pakistan; WHO, Pakistan office, and Heartfile

May 6, 2004

Minutes of Inter-ministerial Meeting held in Islamabad Ministry of Health, approving signing of Framework Convention for Tobacco Control

January 16.2004

Government of Pakistan Official Gazette Extra Ordinary, SRO 22(1) 2004 - Guidelines for Printing of Health Warnings on cigarette packs. Dated January 16.2004.

October 27, 2003

F.No. 13-5/2003, continuation of SRO-655 for ‘Guidelines for tobacco advertising and sponsorship’ notified.

October 27, 2003

SRO 1001(I)/2003. Health Warning Specifications for Printing under ‘Cigarettes (Printing of Health Warning) (Amendment) Ordinance LXXV’

July 3, 2003

SRO: 655(I)/2003 Notification for ‘Members of Guidelines Committee’ to act under the ‘Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health Ordinance LXXIV of 2002.

July 3, 2003

SRO: 654(I)/2003 Notification for ‘Authorized Persons’ to act under
the ‘Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health Ordinance LXXIV of 2002.

July 3, 2003

SRO: 653(I)/2003 Notification for ‘No Smoking Areas’ under the
‘Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health Ordinance LXXIV of 2002.

July 3, 2003

SRO: 652(I)/2003 Notification for the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health Ordinance LXXIV of 2002 coming into force from June 30th 2003.

October 15 2002.

F.No. 20(I) (2002) – Pub, The Cigarettes (Printing of Health Warning) (Amendment) Ordinance LXXV Promulgated and notified

October 15 2002.

F.No. 20(I) (2002) – Pub. Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health Ordinance LXXIV of 2002 Promulgated and Notified

December,  2001

National Health Policy: The Way Forward Ministry of Health Government of Pakistan

February 23 2000

Chief Executive Directive – Ban on Smoking at Public Places,
No.11(17)Admn.Coord/PD/96 Government of Pakistan Planning & Development
Division, Islamabad, Letter no. F.1-1/2000-directive dated 17-02-2000

May 5 1982

S.R.O.441 (I)/82.-  The Cigarettes (Printing And Warning) Rules, 1982.
Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Health and Social Welfare Division)
Islamabad,

July, 1980

Ordinance No. Xl of 1980. An Ordinance to amend
the cigarettes (Printing of Warning) Ordinance, 1979

December 31, 1979

Printing of a Health Warning on Packets of Cigarettes. No. F.17 (1)/79-PUB.- Ordinance No. LXXIII of 1979, The Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary Published by authority, Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs (law division), Islamabad, the 31st December, 1979

1960

The West Pakistan Prohibition of Smoking in Cinema Houses Ordinance, 1960

1959

The West Pakistan Juvenile Smoking Ordinance (XII of 1959), an ordinance to amend and consolidate the laws relating to prevention of smoking of tobacco by juveniles in the provinces of West Pakistan

1890

Manual of Railways Laws, Smoking not allowed in railway carriages without the consent of accompanying passengers