PAKISTAN: After taxation, towards a ban on e-cigarettes?

PAKISTAN: After taxation, towards a ban on e-cigarettes?

In any case, that is what Azhar Saleem, CEO of the Foundation for Human Development (HDF). While urging the government of Pakistan to take responsibility, he says the vaping epidemic could add an additional burden to the existing public health infrastructure which is already insufficient in the country.


Azhar Saleem, CEO of HDF

EXHORT GOVERNMENTÉ BAN THE E-CIGARETTE!


That's what said Azhar Saleem, CEO of Human Development Foundation (HDF), during an online media session. He said the e-cigarette is being touted as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes to quit smoking. According to him, instead of being an aid to quit smoking, it leads to going from one vice to another on a larger scale.

In the Pakistani scenario, the Federal Board of Revenues (FBR) recently imposed a 25% tax on e-cigarette imports. This step ensures the legality of the production and import of these products. For Azhar Saleem, the Federal Board of Revenues ignores the health consequences associated with the use of e-cigarettes because they allow significant cash inflows.

He therefore urged the Pakistani government and the Federal Board of Revenues to take positive and strict measures for tobacco control in the country before it is faced with news " epidemic '.

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