ISLAMABAD: round 15.95% of all cigarettes that are ate up every day in Islamabad are illicit. This became claimed in a examine performed by using a think tank.

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The observe, “the weight of illicit exchange of cigarettes”, became launched by means of the FFO on Monday.

in line with examine, companies selling these cigarettes fail to comply with the authorities’s six-factor criteria of massive pictorial fitness warnings, textual health caution, low charge, age caution, manufacturer information and printing of retail rate.

Parliamentary Secretary for fitness Dr Nausheen Hamid said that the pilot look at become carried out to measure the volume of illicit alternate of cigarettes in Islamabad to help strategize tobacco manipulate in Pakistan.

speaking about the burden of tobacco use in the country she said that tobacco use is the single biggest, preventable motive of death in the world.

“Tobacco kills around 166,000 people each year in Pakistan where 23.9 million adults use tobacco in exclusive bureaucracy,” Dr Hamid said, adding that the annual economic price of smoking in Pakistan turned into as high as Rs143.208 billion. She expressed delight over the findings of the observe, including that the policy of lowering cigarette costs delivered with the aid of the Federal Board of revenue (FBR) throughout the tenure of the last authorities were delivered on the premise of overblown figures of illicit cigarette change.

but, the report shows that the weight of illicit trade in cigarettes in Islamabad changed into nearly half of than that quoted by way of the tobacco industry.

The report in addition countered claims of the tobacco industry approximately people who smoke shifting towards inexpensive manufacturers if the rate is elevated even as 61% of people who smoke could stop or reduce smoking if cigarette expenses had been raised. But, the examine disclosed that only eight according to cent of smokers might choose cheaper cigarettes if the fee is expanded.

in advance, Dr Ziauddin Islam talked about the rational and meant advantages of the take a look at in strategizing tobacco taxation coverage reforms in Pakistan. He said that the study could be replicated in all provincial capitals of Pakistan, inside the next section, for you to present a national photograph the use of records.

FFO undertaking supervisor Muhammad Faisal gave a detailed presentation at the study. He said that 1,131 people who smoke protected within the look at smoked a total of 14,463 cigarettes a day. Out of those, 179 had been determined smoking 2,307 sticks of illicit brands and 952 smokers had been the usage of 12,156 sticks of from legal manufacturers.

Of the 15.Ninety five% of cigarettes deemed as illicit, only 10.Seventy four% of cigarettes have been smuggled whilst five.2% of cigarettes have been low cost or had not paid their duty. These cigarettes which did no longer pay responsibilities met all of the criteria for valid brands but were selling Rs25 to Rs40 inexpensive than different cigarettes.

Giving an in depth explanation about the cigarettes categorised as illicit, he said that these cigarette brands didn't follow the six-thing standards, such as pictorial fitness warnings, textual fitness caution, low fee, age warning, manufacturer details and printing of retail price.

He similarly stated that that smoking was inversely associated with instructional qualification and fee with respondents acting to be much less knowledgeable (65.7% had been matriculate or underneath).

furthermore, 25.Five% had been inclined to give up smoking if the price of cigarettes have been doubled, at the same time as 36.2% said that they might lessen smoking if charges of cigarettes doubled. 

posted within the specific Tribune, can also 7th, 2019.