Publicity of smoking banned in media

ISLAMABAD - Government has announced to impose ban on all kinds of smoking from May, 31, 2014.

As per these ban orders cigarette manufacturers will not use any means of publicity for promotion of their cigarette brands. The official announcement said complete ban will come into effect from May, 31 on placing or displaying publicity posters and banners of tobacco and cigarette smoking in markets, shops and structures.

As per Supreme Court (SC) orders 2006 advertisement on cigarette smoking is banned in media. Pakistan has signed anti smoking convention of World Health Organization (WHO) and this convention makes it binding on member countries to take direct steps for stopping publicity of all kinds of smoking.

On the other hand foreign cigarette manufacturing companies have challenged the government step for imposition of complete ban on publicity of cigarette smoking from May, 31 in Sindh High Court.

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