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New restrictions on tobacco ads  

Jump to full article: DAWN Group of Newspapers (pk), 2007-06-01
Author: Our Staff ReporterI

Intro:

The federal Health Ministry on Thursday tightened restrictions on tobacco advertisements and announced that it would go for legislation banning them completely.

Pakistan’s tobacco advertising budget currently stands at Rs55 million; there are an estimated 25 million smokers in the country.

At a meeting of a tobacco advertising guidelines committee, the Ministry of Health said that Pakistan was a signatory to the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control and the government would seek legislation banning tobacco advertisements altogether.

Meanwhile, the ministry has formulated regulations which will supplement the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers’ Health Ordinance 2002.

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