All social events in capital to be tobacco smoke-free
The district administration of Islamabad has tied a condition to the grant of No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) for holding of various social events in Islamabad. It has now become mandatory for event organisers to give a written undertaking to the effect that the event will be tobacco smoke-free.
An announcement to this effect was made by the additional deputy commissioner (general) of Islamabad, Maryum Khan, here on Thursday. She was chairing a meeting of the District Implementation Committee for the ‘Tobacco Free Capital’ initiative launched by the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and The Union. The meeting was held in the Deputy Commissioner’s office.
Addressing the meeting, Maryum expressed the district administration’s resolve to make Islamabad a smoke-free capital in the near future. The purpose of the project is to ensure strict enforcement of national tobacco control laws in Islamabad by strengthening existing efforts.
Project director Dr. Minhaj-us-Siraj shared the objectives of the initiative, which was launched last month at CAD Ministry on the directives of its secretary, Faridullah Khan. He said that the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance 2002 and the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC Pakistan 2004) bind us legally to prohibit smoking and protect citizens from the hazards of tobacco use.