The WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has announced World No Tobacco Day 2021 Award for Pakistan for its effective anti-tobacco steps, whereas, the federal government was apprised regarding its global achievement.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was called recently for nominations to the World No Tobacco Day Awards of individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control and outstanding contribution to tobacco control.
The WHO confirmed that the international award will be given to the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSR&C) on the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day – Commit to quit’ which will be observed on May 31 across the globe. Secretariat of FCTC had already recognized the Smoke Free Islamabad model internationally through displaying the snapshot of SF Rose & Jasmin Public Park at title page of its annual report.
As Pakistan is applauded for implementing the “M” measures (monitoring of tobacco use policies) in the MPOWER package to the highest level.
Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) placed Tobacco Control Cell (TCC) and working better under DG Health wing since July 2020 and mainly the work of smoke free initiatives which is acknowledged by WHO.
Furthermore, it is very pertinent to mention that NHSRC promulgated the S.R.O through which all types of Tobacco advertising, Promotions and Sponsorship (TAPS) were banned on Point of Sale even at social media.
Pakistan has grabbed the global award after the significant work on tobacco control through policy making as the country has set a target of reducing the number of persons consuming tobacco products by up to 30 per cent by 2025 and successfully model of Tobacco-Smoke Free City project.
Under the Tobacco-Smoke Free City project, the health authorities have established monitoring cells on the district level to implement steps for reducing tobacco consumption.
Pakistan has also made 304 localities and parks smoke-free in 12 different districts under the project, becoming the world’s first country to declare smoke-free public parks.
Moreover, those selling tobacco products have also been registered under the Tobacco-Smoke Free City project.
This is a great achievement of current government towards tobacco control and appraisal regarding its global achievement.