Progress has been achieved in applying larger pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs, however, the tobacco industry interfered by lobbying non-health departments to reduce the size of the warnings. Similarly, the tobacco industry lobbied the Ministry of Finance to add a third tier of tobacco tax, which resulted to cheaper cigarettes.
Such CSR activities are not banned and remain a problem in Pakistan. Pakistan Tobacco Co. (PTC) was able to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with a few government agencies to carry out joint CSR activities.
The tobacco industry benefits by being able to sell cheap cigarettes through the introduction of a third tier of taxation. International travelers into Pakistan are able to bring in 200 cigarettes, 20 cigars or 250 grams of cigarette or pipe tobacco per traveler.
Based on publicly available information, government officials are not found to engage in unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry.
There is no public access to information about meetings between government officials and the tobacco industry. There is no requirement to register representatives of the tobacco industry entities, their affiliated organizations or individuals acting on their behalf.
There are instances of conflict of interest involving government officials in activities linked to the tobacco industry. The Chairman of the PTC Board is a member of the advisory committee for the Federal Ombudsman in Islamabad.
Pakistan does not prohibit contributions from the tobacco industry or any entity working to further its interests to political parties, candidates or campaigns.
The government must set up and implement a standard operating procedure for dealing with the tobacco industry. A code of conduct for officials must be developed and implemented immediately.
The government does not require the tobacco industry to submit information on tobacco production, manufacturing, market share, marketing expenditures, revenues or any other activity, including lobbying, philanthropy and political contributions.
- Tobacco industry-related CSR activities must be banned. Government agencies must end all agreements and memorandum of agreements with tobacco companies.
- There must be a register of all representatives of the tobacco industry entities, affiliated organizations and individuals acting on their behalf.
- The government should require the tobacco industry to submit information on tobacco production, manufacturing, market share, marketing expenditures, revenues or lobbying activities.
- Based on an assessment of implementing a standard operating procedure, a code of conduct for all civil servants should be implemented.
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