Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child SPARC has shared a press release on a concerning issue that tobacco industry is putting pressure on relevant ministries to get permission for 10 sticks cigarette pack to trap more children into smoking.
Malik Imran Ahmed, Country head Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), stated that the attempts for 10-stick packs by the tobacco industry are deeply troubling. It will not only undermine the progress made in tobacco control but also directly target children and low-income individuals who are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of tobacco consumption. Many countries in the world have banned single-stick and small-stick packet sales because they’re easier to purchase for children, youth and low-income groups. Hence, the health burden is very high. He added that, a case is pending in Islamabad High Court regarding 10 sticks cigarette pack.
He further added that, if 10 sticks pack cigarettes are allowed for export, there’s a solid chance that the tobacco industry will sell them in the local market. And when they’ll be questioned, they’ll say they’re counterfeit products. Therefore, to keep people safe, it’s better not to allow these packets in the first place. He urged the government not to allow the manufacturing or sale of 10-stick packs and to prevent the exploitation of children and low-income groups by the tobacco industry.
Dr. Khalil Ahmad program manager SPARC, urged the government to take proactive measures to protect public health and prevent the exploitation of children and low-income groups by the tobacco industry. We call upon the authorities to reject any proposals that endanger the health and well-being of our citizens. This move, according to the activists, not only jeopardizes the progress made in tobacco control but also directly impacts children and low-income individuals, who are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of tobacco consumption.

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