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  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020
  • Govt urged to ban sale of e-cigarettes

  • Islamabad : Use of Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes and vaping devices, are on the rise among the youth of Pakistan, which leads to a new epidemic of tobacco addiction. This was stated by Azhar Saleem, CEO, Human Development Foundation (HDF), in online media session. He said e-cigarettes are promoted as a safe alternative option compared to traditional cigarette for quitting smoking. However, the irony is that instead of being an aid for quitting smoking, it has resulted in shifting from one vice to another that too on a higher scale.

  • Friday, May 22, 2020
  • Escalation of E-Smoking and Vaping

  • In Pakistan smoking is one of the leading causes of avoidable death. According to World Health Organization (WHO) use of tobacco is currently responsible for the death of one in ten grown-ups’ world widely. If this continues death rate will be doubled and more lives will impulsively develop tobacco related diseases that lead to long-lasting disabilities. Individuals who smoke cigarettes are fifteen times more expose to death due to lung cancer.

  • Monday, May 04, 2020
  • 66.7% smokers, 53.3% vapers see no change in smoking habit because of Covid-19

  • Smokers faced no difficulty in access to and availability of cigarettes during the lockdown in Pakistan’s 11 districts, though some hinted at quitting or reducing smoking because of COVID-19, reveals a rapid assessment survey conducted by the Pakistan Alliance for Nicotine and Tobacco Harm Reduction (PANTHR). [...] All study respondents, smokers and vapers, were male and young, mostly between 18-35 years of age.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020
  • Tobacco smoking in three “left behind” subgroups: indigenous, the rainbow community and people with mental health conditions

  • This paper aims to investigate the extent to which three subgroups – people with mental
    health conditions, people belonging to sexual minority and gender groups and Indigenous peoples –
    have been ‘‘left behind’’ by countries implementing the World Health Organization’s Framework
    Convention on Tobacco Control. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of
    Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020 target is to reduce the prevalence of current
    tobacco use by 30% in persons aged 15 and older between 2010 and 2025 [...]

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • Tobacco harm reduction in the 21st century

  • This paper aims to overview the need for tobacco harm reduction, the consumer products that facilitate tobacco harm reduction and the barriers to its implementation. The worldwide endemic of tobacco smoking results in the death of over seven million smokers a year. Cigarette quit rates are very low, from 3%–12%, and relapse rates are high, from 75%–80% in the first six months and 30%– 40% even after one year of abstinence. In addition, some smokers do not desire to quit. Cigarette substitution in tobacco harm reduction is one strategy that may reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality.

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • Vaping easing'historic momentfor public health'

  • Governments worldwide should not ban alternative smoking products, or they will miss an "enormous" opportunity to phase out traditional cigarettes, tobacco giant Philip Morris warned.

    This came as the US Food and Drug Administration gave the company approval last week to market its four heat-not-burn tobacco devices as "modified risk tobacco products."

    Philip Morris International chief executive Andre Calantzopoulos called the authorization a "historical moment" for public health.

    "For so many years, tobacco control policies have focused on restrictive measures in order to convince people to quit [smoking]," he said, [...]