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Government of Pakistan bans the sale of loose cigarettes

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Quit smoking20 June 2018 – In a historical move, the Government of Pakistan has banned the sale of loose cigarette sticks with immediate effect. This landmark decision came through a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) Notification No SRO 415 (1)/2018, published on 3 April this year. 

The Notification says that “No retail seller or any person shall sell, offer for sale or distribute any cigarettes unless they are in a packet of at least twenty cigarette sticks”. The Government has already banned the sale of cigarettes to minors.

This decision will go a long way in making cigarettes less affordable and also in reducing the prevalence of tobacco, particularly among the youth. WHO has been a strong advocate for this ban. The Organization has lauded the Ministry of Health for this historic step and dubbed it a real move towards controlling tobacco smoking in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the decision has been widely hailed by all tobacco control bodies.

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Total population (000s) 189 900
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 4.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 178
Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population) 0.5
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 66.4

Source: Country statistical profiles 2016

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