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UN Agency expresses concern over delay in Anti-tobacco legislation

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Published: October 26, 2016 02:13 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) has showed worries over strong resistance by tobacco manufacturing units against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of Tobacco and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Bill, 2016 which is also causing delay in passage of this legislative proposal.

WHO, the international health organization is currently assisting the provincial government in measures against tobacco smoking. It wants the provincial government to pass legislation banning tobacco smoking to check cancer and other life-threatening diseases caused by tobacco smoking.

To ensure ban on use of tobacco in the form of cigarettes, pan and gutka in province, the Provincial Minister for Health Shah Ram Tarki introduced the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of Tobacco and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Bill, 2016 in assembly during fourth sitting of its 21st session on September 26. The House referred the bill to relevant standing committee for further deliberations.

The bill is still pending at committee due to tall resistance and disagreement of tobacco producers on which WTO showed great concerns. Pakistan has ratified the WTO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2014 which demands the state parties to make and enforce law against use of tobacco and its products.

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