Welcome to Tobacco-Smoke Free Capital City
Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination
After abolishing the Capital Administration and Development Division (CA&DD), all health components of CA&DD including Tobacco Smoke Free Capital Project has been placed with Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSR&C).The Ministry is mainly responsible to take measures regarding tobacco control. Tobacco Smoke Free Capital Project is headed by Deputy Director General Health at Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSR&C), Government of Pakistan.
Abolished Division (CA&DD) made significant progress by instituting the sub–national tobacco control leadership in five (05) selected districts (Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Sialkot) of Pakistan by replicating “Tobacco-Smoke Free Islamabad” model.
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for 10% of adult deaths worldwide and the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke (World Health Organization).
Tobacco-Smoke Free Islamabad Initiative
“Strengthening Tobacco-Smoke Free Islamabad Initiative”, was an extension of “Islamabad model city project”, under recently abolished Division (CA&DD) for creating awareness of hazards of tobacco use in the general population and making District Management, Revenue Collectors, Bazaar Unions, Hotel Associations, Education Managers, Hospitals Management, Authorized Persons and Law Enforcement agencies recognize and join hands to execute the model of a Tobacco-smoke free capital.
Main objective of the project is strengthening tobacco control efforts through establishing coordination among district departments to plan, implement and monitor Islamabad model city project. This will be achieved by creating awareness and facilitating enforcement of “Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance, 2002” till the end of tobacco/ sheesha epidemic in Capital.
The ultimate goal of this initiative is to come up with the obligations under FCTC of World Health Organisation “to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke”.