CTC-Pak shows concerns over KP govt’s hampering of tobacco control activities
Islamabad – The Coalition for Tobacco Control- Pakistan (CTC-Pak) has expressed its concern over a joint venture of KP government and tobacco industry for launching and execution of the seed-balls throwing activity in the area of forest of Khanpur at Haripur district.
CTC-Pak’s Project Coordinator Zeeshan Danish, in a statement on Monday, appealed to the chief minister, chief secretary and secretary forest of KP for not seeking help from a tobacco company, as it is against the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) of which Pakistan is a signatory.
He said the activity was also against the efforts being made by the ministry of health and civil society organisations for tobacco control in the country.
The CTC-Pak project coordinator further elaborated that Pakistan had signed the WHO’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) in2004 under which the government would not accord any agreement with any public and private firm which would hamper the tobacco control activities in the country because Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) considers corporate social responsibility (CSR)activities to be a form of tobacco advertising and recommends its prohibition by all Parties to the Treaty.