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Smoke Free Murree will be the reflection of Smoke Free Pakistan ; M. Ali DC Rawalpindi 

Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi issued instructions to the Administration to take measures for making Murree a Tobacco Smoke Free tourist place through Tobacco Smoke Free Cities initiative, a Project of M/o NHSRC.
Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi issued instructions to the Administration to take measures for making Murree a Tobacco Smoke Free tourist place.


He said in the DIMC meeting that Murree is one of the tourist places in which people from all over Pakistan come for tourism therefore it is important to make the Murree a tobacco smoke free place. He added further that Smoke-free Murree will be the reflection of smoke-free Pakistan.
However Deputy Commissioner also directed for making all tourist places located in all tehsils of Rawalpindi tobacco smoke free zones to make Rawalpindi a first model of tobacco smoke free district of Pakistan.
The directives of installation of No smoking signage at all schools, colleges, public offices, cinemas, public transport, stadiums including all public places has also been issued under the Tobacco Smoke Free Cities Project of Government of Pakistan and action would be taken against the violators.


Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi shared these views while chairing a meeting of District Implementation and Monitoring Committee (DIMC) on Tobacco Control.


Dr. Samra Mazhar, Director Tobacco Control/ National Focal Point WHO FCTC / Illicit Trade at M/o NHSRC, Captain Qasim Aijaz Additional Deputy Commissioner General / Imp. Head Tobacco Control Cell, Muhammad Aftab Ahmed Project Manager, Tobacco Control, Secretary RTA, Dr Syed M. Raza Director TB Control, Manzhar Khalid ETO, Dr Asif, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Dr. M. Ali Medical Officer Holy Family Hospital, Sadia Afzal from Punjab Food Authority, Director PHA Tariq Mehmood, M. Mohsin Admin Officer, M. Danish District Coordinator Tobacco Control Cell Rawalpindi, M. Rizwan Assistant Coordinator TCC Rawalpindi, including officials from various departments were present in the meeting.


While sharing her views in the meeting Dr. Samra Mazhar stated that an average 160000 people lost their lives in Pakistan due to the use of tobacco products.
Moreover he said cigarette sale to under 18 age, loose cigarettes sale and sale, use and storage of cigarettes around 50 meters of educational institutions is prohibited according to law, it is necessary that under 18 age sale of cigarettes ban should be displayed at all pan and tobacco shops of district.
Whereas Captain Qasim AIjaz Additional Deputy Commissioner General Rawalpindi stated that district administration with the collaboration of M/o NHSRC has established Tobacco Cessation clinics at DHQ Rawalpindi and Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi to help those people who want to quit cigarette smoking.

He said Deputy Commissioner would inaugurated the said cessation clinics very soon to protect the lives of people from the deadly impacts of tobacco use as tobacco user life is in danger of lungs and 18 types of different cancers.

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