And despite ALL this being codified in law, most people (including yours truly) have no clue that such provisions exist. There is no enforcement whatsoever. Indoors, outdoors, every-which-where-doors are dominated by human chimneys. And not altogether surprisingly, Pakistan is the eight largest cigarette consumer in the world.
April 17, 2010
You know what they say, you learn something new every day. Today's new information came to me courtesy of a meeting with the Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of Health. Did you know (because I did not) that Pakistan, in 2002, passed a Prohibition of Smoking & Protection of Non-Smokers Health Bill according to which smoking is banned in ALL public areas in Pakistan? So all those restaurants that courteously ask you if you want a smoking or a non-smoking table, truth is according to law (for the past seven years) there IS no such thing as a smoking table within a restaurant. For the record, you're also not allowed to smoke on public buses. Or in stadiums. Or auditoriums. Or any other public place. Also selling cigarettes at any educational facility is against the law. So is selling cigarettes to minors. All these offences are subject to some pretty hefty fines followed by incarceration.