Wednesday September 18, 2019

Pakistan partially lifts ‘Ban’ on the broadcast of Birth Control ads

Pakistan's population is growing by around 1.8 per cent a year and is estimated to reach 240 million in year 2030

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Contraceptives. Image source:Wikipedia

Pakistan has banned advertisements of contraceptive products on television and radio. But, a recent report says, Pakistan’s broadcasting regulator has partially lifted the ban on advertising contraceptive products on radio and television.

The motto behind this ban is to reduce exposure of sexual contents among inquisitive children.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) said, “it was acting in response to complaints from parents and its ban covered all contraceptive, birth control, and family planning products.”

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Image source: pakistantoday.com.pk
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Image source: pakistantoday.com.pk

The general public is very much concerned about the exposure of such products to children. Pakistan is a conservative Muslim country which is a home to nearly 190 million people. Talking about sex in public in Pakistan is taboo.

Pakistan population is growing by around 1.8 % per year. It is estimated that it will reach 240 million in the year 2030. This is a government initiative to encourage birth control in Pakistan.

The regulatory body has warned media organisations that legal actions would be taken if they fail to follow their directives. Advertisements of condoms and other birth control methods are also very rare in Pakistan.

The notice by PERMA Image source: pakistantoday.com
The notice by PERMA Image source: pakistantoday.com

United Nations data show that due to insufficient use of contraceptives nearly 2800 people have died of diseases like HIV/AIDS in Pakistan.

The government further said “Reduction in population growth is one of the top priorities of the government of Pakistan to maintain a balance between country’s resources and population.

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-by Pritam

Pritam is pursuing engineering and is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter handle: @pritam_gogreen

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New York Government Pushing to Enact Statewide Ban on Sale of Flavored E-Cigarettes

The council can issue emergency regulations that would go into effect as soon as they are voted on

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FILE - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seen in this Jan. 2019 file photo, says he's directing state health officials to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, citing the risk of young people getting addicted to nicotine, Jan. 29, 2019. VOA

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people.

The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the state Public Health and Health Planning Council. The council can issue emergency regulations that would go into effect as soon as they are voted on and start being enforced in as soon as two weeks, following a short grace period for retailers, officials said.

In announcing the action, Cuomo sharply criticized the flavors that are for sale, like bubble gum and cotton candy.

“These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people,” he said.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping. Pixabay

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people.

The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the state Public Health and Health Planning Council. The council can issue emergency regulations that would go into effect as soon as they are voted on and start being enforced in as soon as two weeks, following a short grace period for retailers, officials said.

In announcing the action, Cuomo sharply criticized the flavors that are for sale, like bubble gum and cotton candy.

“These are obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people,” he said.

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The biggest player in the industry, Juul Labs Inc., said it was reviewing the announcement, but agreed with the need for action.

The ban would not impact tobacco- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes, but Cuomo said the Department of Health would continue evaluating and that could change.

Cuomo signed legislation earlier this year raising the statewide smoking age to 21, and earlier this month signed a mandate that requires state anti-tobacco campaigns to also include vaping.

Vaping is also under a federal spotlight , as health authorities look into hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.

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The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to the state Public Health and Health Planning Council. Pixabay

In his first public comments on vaping, President Donald Trump proposed a similar federal ban last week.

The FDA has been able to ban vaping flavors since 2016, but hasn’t taken the step, with officials looking into whether flavors could help cigarette smokers to quit.

The global market is estimated to have a value of as much as $11 billion. The industry has spent a lot of money in states around the country to lobby against state-level flavored e-cigarette bans, in states including Hawaii, California, Maine and Connecticut.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month ordered that state’s health department to come out with emergency rules to prohibit flavored e-cigarette sales.

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Juul reiterated Sunday the agreeable stance it had taken following Trump’s proposal.

In an emailed statement, spokesman Austin Finan said, “We strongly agree with the need for aggressive category-wide action on flavored products,” and “will fully comply with local laws and the final FDA policy when effective.” (VOA)