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What's wrong with FCTC COP?

What's wrong with FCTC COP?Here is a brief list of what we think needs to change. What do you think? Let us know in the comments. Visit the links at the end to explore these issues in more detail. See our Glossary for short explanations of the acronyms. Read More...

Media and THR

May 10-16, 2021. This weekly analysis provides an overview of the major tobacco harm reduction (THR) issues that grabbed space in the mainstream international and national print and electronic media during the period between May 10-16, 2021. Read More

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اے آر آئی کا ہفتہ وار ریڈیو پروگرام

"پاکستان سے سگریٹ نوشی کا مکمل خاتمہ ممکن ہے" اے آر آئی کا ہفتہ وار ریڈیو پروگرام

ہر منگل کو دن تین بج کر دس منٹ پر ریڈیوپاکستان کے میڈم ویو اور ایف ایم 101 سے براہ راست "پاکستان سے سگریٹ نوشی کا مکمل خاتمہ ممکن ہے"، نشر ہوتا ہے۔ اس میں زندگی کے مختلف شعبوں سے تعلق رکھنے والے ماہرین شرکت کرتے ہیں، جن میں دانشور، محقق، اساتذہ کرام، اور سول سوسائٹی کے نمائندے شامل ہوتے ہیں۔ پاکستان بھر سے اس پروگرام میں کالز بھی لی جاتی ہیں۔   تفصیل کے لیے کلک کریں۔


اے آر آئی نے 'پاکستان میں تمباکونوشی کا خاتمہ ممکن ہے' کے عنوان سے ایک پوسٹر تیار کیا ہے۔ یہ پوسٹر پاکستان میں تمباکونوشوں کی تعداد، تمباکونوشی کے مالی و جانی نقصانات، تمباکونوشی کے خاتمے کے جدید تصور اور ملک سے تمباکونوشی کا خاتمہ کرنے کےلئے چار نکات پر مبنی لائحہ عمل جاننے کے بارے میں رہنمائی فراہم کرتا ہے۔-

An interdisciplinary expert-led webinar on Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) took place on Thursday, 27 April.

Decision to regularize HTPs divides opinions on tobacco control in Pakistan

Decision to regularize HTPs divides opinions on tobacco control in PakistanISLAMABAD: The government's decision to regularize the alternative innovative tobacco products has generated a debate on how it would affect the tobacco control initiatives in Pakistan. The federal cabinet's committee on disposal of legislative cases in its meeting on 1 December 2022 decided to regularize the heated tobacco products. Read More...

Newsletter September 2023

Azhar Bilal, 45, a civil engineer, started smoking back in 1997. Young and energetic, Bilal was hooked to the habit as he started more than 20 cigarettes a day. This resulted in severe cough attacks. "I would have these attacks in the night," he told Alternative Research Initiative (ARI) in an interview on phone from Lahore. However, he continued to smoke combustible cigarettes. "I simply could not give up." He went to Dubai for a job but was unable to quit smoking. Read More...

Newsletter 2023

اردو نیوز لیٹر

اردو نیوز لیٹر (ستمبر 2023)

ڈاکٹر جسجیت اہلووالیہ کا کہنا ہے کہ نکوٹین نہیں، سگریٹ کا کردار شیطانی ہے۔ مشہور محقق مائیکل رسل نے کہا تھا کہ لوگ نکوٹین کےلیے سگریٹ پیتے ہیں مگر وہ مرتے ٹار سے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وہ ایف ڈی اے اور پالیسی سازوں سے التجا کرتے ہیں کہ وہ مائیکل رسل کی اس بات کو پلے باندھ لیں۔‎   ...مزید پڑھیں


Pakistan is a country with heavy use of tobacco. With more than 24 million tobacco users1, the country is also one of the top ten raw tobacco producers in the world2.

Despite successes in the tobacco control efforts, Pakistan continues to witness a constant increase in the number of tobacco users. After almost two decades of tobacco control efforts, Pakistan has reached a stage where it needs to find innovative approaches to help smokers quit smoking. Critically smokers need to be at the center of innovative approaches, helping them to achieve the ultimate goal of quitting smoking.

Pakistan Alliance for Nicotine and Tobacco Harm Reduction (PANTHR), a project of Alternative Research Initiative (ARI), is an initiative aimed at promoting innovative solutions for smoking cessation. While remaining committed to and supporting tobacco control efforts in Pakistan, especially Article 14 of FCTC, the alliance serves as a platform for advocating and promoting all innovative solutions for ending smoking whether counselling, NRTs, or harm reduction.

Further, the alliance serves as repository of research and scientific work and initiatives on safe nicotine delivery systems and harm reduction for tobacco control. PANTHR works with the policy makers, partners, and smokers in making Pakistan smoke free.

1 Shaheen, K., Oyebode, O. & Masud, H. Experiences of young smokers in quitting smoking in twin cities of Pakistan: a phenomenological study. BMC Public Health 18, 466 (2018).
2 Iqbal, A. Muhammad and Sabir, Muhammad, Role of tobacco in Pakistan's economy: an untold story. Social Policy and Development Centre. 2018

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