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Health activists condemn tobacco industry's deceptive tactics in Pakistan

12:40 AM | 14 Apr, 2024
Health activists condemn tobacco industry's deceptive tactics in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Public health advocates in Pakistan have raised concerns about the tobacco industry's persistent efforts to obstruct tobacco control initiatives in the country.

The tobacco industry's strategy to disrupt tobacco control initiatives, particularly during pre-budget months, has once again come under scrutiny by public health advocates.

According to activists, the tobacco industry's misleading campaigns aim to distract the public, especially the youth, policymakers, media and the government of Pakistan, from its true intention: to earn profits at the cost of public health.

They have expressed concerns about the widespread dissemination of false statements by the tobacco industry which only serve to conceal the harm caused to the people of Pakistan. The tobacco industry has made every attempt to expand its business while endangering the future of Pakistani youth and children by luring them with its harmful products.

These efforts include attempts to block or weaken tobacco control measures such as taxes on cigarettes, smoke-free laws, sales to minors, and promotional and advertising restrictions. The tobacco industry's efforts to divert attention from public health initiatives include using celebrities and social media to attract youth with falsified claims, spreading false statistics and myths to downplay the harm caused by their products, and, most recently, maligning government departments and officials who support tobacco control.

These attempts are driven by their financial interests in maintaining and increasing tobacco sales despite the established health risks associated with tobacco use. However, public health advocates, researchers and policymakers continue to work towards countering these efforts and implementing evidence-based strategies to reduce tobacco use and its impact on public health.

Tobacco control remains a crucial issue in Pakistan, with smoking-related illnesses imposing a significant burden on healthcare systems and contributing to preventable deaths. Despite being a signatory to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the number of smokers in Pakistan has reached up to 31 million. The cheap and easily accessible nature of tobacco means that approximately 1200 children start smoking every day, and nearly 170,000 lose their lives every year due to tobacco-induced diseases.

In response to these alarming developments, activists are calling on the government to remain vigilant and resolute in their efforts to combat the tobacco epidemic, ensuring the implementation of evidence-based policies that protect the health and well-being of all citizens.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 23 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 23, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.25 for buying and 280.70 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 354.5 and selling rate is 358.35.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.40 77.15
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65

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