Seminar speakers focused on sustainable tobacco control in Pakistan by integrating tobacco control into the health, education, environmental policies and development framework that will help achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
PESHAWAR, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – May 31, 2022): Speakers at a seminar focused on sustainable tobacco control in Pakistan by integrating tobacco control into health, education, environmental policies and the development framework that will help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets such as reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The seminar was organized by local non-governmental organization Blue Veins in Peshawar as part of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2022, a press release on Tuesday said.
The Chairman of the Assembly Standing Committee on Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, lawmakers, policy makers, representatives of various government departments, members of civil society, journalists and academics were present.
The WNTD is observed around the world every year on May 31 to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and to call for global tobacco control efforts.
This year, the day is marked by a campaign theme around raising awareness of the environmental impacts of tobacco.
Speakers and participants in the seminar drew public attention to the tobacco epidemic in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and insisted on raising public awareness of the environmental impact of tobacco consumption as well as the formulation of tobacco control policies. sustainable tobacco control through a multisectoral response.
They emphasized dedicated resources with effective policy measures to control tobacco use in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to achieve positive health, education, environment and development outcomes.
Pakistan is one of the biggest tobacco consuming countries in the world. According to the Pakistani Household Integrated Economic Survey (HIES) 2015-2016, 45% of Pakistani households are tobacco users.
Nearly 23.9 million adults currently use tobacco in any form in the country (Ministry of National Health Services, 2018. Along with the dangerous health effects, cultivation, production, distribution, consumption and post-consumer waste of tobacco products have shockingly widespread environmental impacts around the world, including in Pakistan.
Addressing the seminar, Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the MPA Department of Health Rabia Basri said, “With its commitment to accessible and equitable health services and environmental protection, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has given the priority to the fight against smoking in its 2018-2025 health policy. policy, we are committed to promoting dedicated policy interventions and actions for sustainable tobacco control in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in line with the SDG targets. The Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Wajid Khan, said: “Tobacco not only has a negative impact on the health of individuals, it also endangers the health of the environment. From start to finish, the tobacco life cycle is an extremely polluting and damaging process. “Tobacco control is essential for the protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of the environment. And it is our mutual responsibility, for which multi-sectoral coordination and synergized actions are required by government stakeholders and not governmental.” he added.
Blue Veins Program Coordinator Sana Ahmad said, “There is a great need to sensitize and sensitize stakeholders at large on tobacco control and the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies. sustainable tobacco control to protect the community and environment from unsafe tobacco products in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.