Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has imposed a ban on display of cigarettes at sale points.
Dr Mohammad Zia, Technical Head of ministry’s Tobacco Control Cell said that shopkeepers will now have to keep them in hidden areas.
“We have implemented most of the recommendations of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which was signed by Pakistan in 2004. Now the only recommendation, which has to be implemented, is that the tobacco companies should be stopped from taking part in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities,” he said.
“It was unfortunate that tobacco products were placed near sweets and other edible items to attract children and youth. Now we will start efforts to stop CSR activities by tobacco companies,” he said.
It states that tobacco products cannot be advertised by display and visibility of tobacco products at, either inside or outside of a point of sale, including mobile or fixed retail outlet and street vendor or any other place.
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