Commissioner Karachi announced to declare Karachi East and South Tobacco Smoke Free Model Districts in end of this year
The First Commissioner Karachi Tobacco Control Art Exhibition organized at Sadequain Art Gallery Frere Hall Karachi , which aimed to commemorate one of World No Tobacco Day events by highlighting its worst impacts on human health and also on our environment through Poster / Art Work and Short Videos.
The Event was arranged by the joint collaboration of “Tobacco Smoke Free Karachi” Project of Ministry of NHSRC and Tobacco Control Desk Commissioner Office Karachi.
Muhammad Iqbal Memon Commissioner Karachi Division graced the event as a Chief Guest , whereas Abid Qamar Sheikh Assistant Commissioner General to Commissioner Karachi including Deputy Commissioner South , heads of educational institutions, members of civil society , journalists including other officers of provincial government attended the event and praised the efforts of “Tobacco Smoke Free Karachi” Project and Commissioner Office Karachi for highlighting the worst impact of tobacco through the exhibition and by engaging young generation.
It was learned that more than 500 students participated in the exhibition including private / public educational institutions like Aligarh University, Karachi Schools of Arts, Sir Syed University and so on and so forth.
So, the exhibition is featuring a diverse set of students’ artworks of all age group.
Out of 300 paintings, 55 paintings have been selected for the display in the exhibition and further 3 will be selected for the first three positions.
Commissioner Karachi awarded shields to the first, second and third position winners of exhibition who have successfully conveyed message of tobacco control through their poster artwork and short video.
While Speaking on the occasion Commissioner Karachi stated that, I am sure this event would ultimately play a critical role in achieving progress in raising awareness and achieving our ultimate goal of Tobacco Smoke Free Karachi
Whereas he congratulated all students and the Heads of educational institutions who have succeeded in this event “First Commissioner Tobacco Control Art Exhibition”.
Moreover he said, it is a great moment to announce that the Karachi Administration will make and declare both the districts South & East smoke free in this year.
Further work will start by the end of this year to make the whole of Karachi smoke free for which a roadmap has already been prepared, he added.
He expressed hope that with the support of educational institutions, youth will be informed about the hazards of tobacco products use and he also praised the contribution of Deputy Commissioner East and South for ensuring compliance on tobacco control laws. He gave shields to both Deputy Commissioners of Karachi East & South for recognizing their services making Tobacco Smoke Free Karachi South / East and fighting against tobacco epidemic.
He said that on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, the Commissioner’s Office Karachi would make an announcement regarding Smoke Free Karachi.
At last he thanked to Ministry of Nation Health Services, Regulations and Coordination for their support for making the Karachi, a smoke free city and he call upon every citizen of Karachi to contribute to this noble cause to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our present and future generations.