Online sale, advertisement of tobacco products banned
ISLAMABAD: The government has imposed a ban on online advertisement of tobacco products and stopped tobacco companies from displaying power walls and posters at their sale points.
“As per Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health Ordinance 2002, there is a ban on advertisement of tobacco products in print and electronic media. However, companies were allowed to display power walls and posters of tobacco products at the point of sale. Now they will not be allowed to do so,” Dr Minhajus Siraj, director Directorate of Tobacco Control at Ministry of National Health Services (NHS), told Dawn.
He said in the past companies were allowed to display A-4 size posters so they used to paste tens of posters at each sale point. Moreover, they used to paste them at eye level of children so that children would be attracted towards smoking.
“It was also observed that a large number of people buy tobacco products online. Now no company will be able to advertise tobacco products online such as on their websites or through e-mails. This will play a major role to discourage people from buying tobacco products online,” Dr Siraj said.