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Warning against deviation from WHO guidelines on anti-smoking 

12:26 PM | 16 Apr, 2024
Warning against deviation from WHO guidelines on anti-smoking 

ISLAMABAD—Capital Calling, a think tank based in Islamabad, has expressed concerns about multinational cigarette companies' increasing resistance to guidelines set by international bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding budgetary and other checks on their businesses.

The think tank has urged the government to impose a uniform tax on all cigarettes manufactured in Pakistan, regardless of their local or foreign brands, as recommended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

Dr. Hassan Shehzad from IIUI stated that compared to other regional countries, cigarette prices in Pakistan are relatively low. He emphasized that there is a direct link between the reduction in smoking and an increase in cigarette prices. Dr. Shehzad also criticized the disproportionate influence of cigarette company representatives in public debates and called for the government to adhere to the WHO protocols that require vigilance in promoting cigarette businesses. 

The researcher also urged anti-smoking groups to conduct up-to-date and authentic research to inform policymakers. Furthermore, he pointed out the lack of awareness about tobacco on digital media and highlighted how multinational companies exploit this weakness to advance their business agenda. Despite competing with each other to increase smoking, these companies work together to influence the government to facilitate their business, which poses a significant health hazard.

The IMF only references Dr. Shehzad's research in its recommendations for tax reforms in the country.

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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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