Smoke Free Karachi Project launched on Monday at the office of Commissioner Karachi with the collaboration of District Government and Tobacco Control Directorate Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination.
It was learned that, the main focus of said project will be Protection of Non- Smokers from second hand smoke. All Public places and Public transport will ensured to be smoke free.
The project aimed to save the lives of 166,000 Pakistanis who died every year due to the use of tobacco. The said project has already initiated in 5 districts of Pakistan including Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, and others. Whereas Islamabad the Capital of Country has been declared smoke free cities as the first time in history all public places including parks, educational institutes, public vehicles are smoke free in the city.
Addressing a largely attended meeting in the presence of Deputy Commissioners, Law enforcement agencies officials, Senior Officials of education, excise and other public departments, Commissioner Karachi praised the role of Tobacco Control Directorate and assured for the support from his office for smoke free Karachi.
However the top official of district government Karachi has assured full cooperation of his office regarding the enforcement of tobacco control laws in the city.
On the Occasion Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani by cutting the ribbon of foundation stone declared office of the commissioner Karachi smoke free zone.
Whereas The Commissioner Karachi launched Smoke Free Pakistan Mobile Application by which mobile users anywhere in the country can report the violation of tobacco control laws by just taking the pictures from the application.
It was observed that during the session Dr. Minhaj shed light on the hazards of tobacco, WHO MPOWER strategy, Sustainable Development Goals, Basics of laws, FCTC, Basic Concept of smoke free cities its opportunities & Challenges.
Further, Dr. Minhaj us Siraj Director General Directorate of Tobacco Control, Ministry of NHSR&C appreciated the commitment of The Commissioner Karachi and his team for joining hands for the ultimate goal of prevention of diseases especially cancer and for tobacco-free next generations.
Moreover top official of Tobacco Control Directorate stated that In 2016 almost 23 thousand people died in Pakistan in road accidents including terrorism, honor killings and other major incidents but on the other hand tobacco kills more than six times the population of this country.