CTC-Pak express concern over joint venture of KP government, Tobacco Company

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ISLAMABAD: The Coalition for Tobacco Control- Pakistan (CTC-Pak) has expressed its concern over a joint venture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (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, has appealed to the chief minister, chief secretary and secretary forest of KP not to seek help from a tobacco company which is against the spirit Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) of which Pakistan is a signatory.

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He said the activity was also against the efforts being made by the ministry of health and civil society organizations for tobacco control in the country.

The Project Coordinator of CTC-Pak 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.

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.

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