SMOKERS’ AREAS

Ministry of Health has directed the managements of hotels and restaurants to stop allocating designated areas for smokers in their premises to allow them using cigarettes, pipes, cigars and ‘Sheesha.’

According to official sources, they have been asked to implement anti-tobacco laws to protect the health of non-smokers, as there is no permission of allocating any designated area for smokers. While taking notice of open use of tobacco in the premises of hotels, restaurants and international food chains, the ministry has asked the chairman Pakistan Hotels Association and president Pakistan Food Association to take immediate steps for complete ban on any form of smoking.

They said smoking in any form is totally ban in all places of public work or use including hotels and restaurants under section 2 of Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health Ordinance 2002.

They said that it has been decided that Federal Enforcement Committee with the representation of Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Interior will conduct surprise visits to check violation of ordinance in the federal capital.

Sources said that the committee will also make plans to create awareness in citizens regarding negative effects of smoking and educate them about the tobacco control laws for proper implementation. They said the inter-ministerial steering committee on tobacco control comprised of members from all ministries will take all stakeholders on board for proper implementation of the ordinance.

source: thenews.com.pk

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