ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has named Pakistan for World No Tobacco Day 2021 Award in recognition of its efforts to curb the use of tobacco.
According to details, the award will be given to the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day – Commit to quit’ which will be observed on May 31 across the globe.
The Secretariat of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) had already recognized the Smoke-Free Islamabad model by displaying a snapshot of the smoke-free Rose and Jasmin Garden on the title page of its annual report.
Pakistan has been applauded for implementing the “M” measures (monitoring of tobacco use policies) in the MPOWER package to the highest level.
Pakistan has made 304 localities and parks smoke-free in 12 different districts under the project, becoming the world’s first country to declare smoke-free public parks. The country has set a target of reducing the number of persons consuming tobacco products by up to 30 percent by 2025.
WHO gives the World No Tobacco Day awards every year to carefully selected individuals or organizations in recognition of their accomplishments in tobacco control and in the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).