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The Association for Smoking Alternatives in Pakistan (ASAP) is a coalition of like-minded individuals advocating the adoption of scientifically substantiated smoking alternatives amongst existing adult consumers, who do not quit, and policy makers, to help significantly reduce smoking rates in Pakistan.

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The Problem

  • In Pakistan, in 2017, about 163,360 people died due to smoking. (Source: Study on Global Burden of Disease by Institute of Health Matrics and Evaluation, USA).
  • 5000 Pakistanis are admitted to hospitals every day because of smoking (Source: Pakistan Health Education Survey, 1999).
  • 1200 Pakistani children between ages 6 and 15 begin smoking every day ! (Source: Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2003).
  • 39% of households are exposed daily to secondhand tobacco smoke (Source: Pakistan Demographic & Health Survey 2012-13 for ever-married men & Women age 15-49).
  • 2 in 5 smokers initiated cigarette smoking before the age of 10 (Source: Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2013).

The Solution

The FCTC defines “tobacco control” as a range of supply, demand and harm reduction strategies that aim to improve the health of a population by eliminating or reducing their consumption of tobacco products and exposure to tobacco smoke. If the Ministry of Health Pakistan is truly intent on reducing the burden on public health due to cigarette smoking, they have to encourage the use of vaping and heated tobacco products that are scientifically substantiated to produce fewer carcinogens as compared to lighting a cigarette on fire, the same way progressive governments such as the UK and New Zealand are doing.

Here are a few examples:

  1. The UK government actively advocates for the adoption and use of smoking alternatives as a means to meet their FCTC targets and lower the number of smokers in the Country, with support from prestigious institutions such as Public Health England, Royal College of Physicians, Action on Smoking and Health and the National Health Service. For more info, click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/e-cigarettes-and-vaping-policy-regulation-and-guidance.
  2. The New Zealand government reversed their ban on vaping to meet its target of smoke free New Zealand by 2025 supporting smokers to switch to significantly safer alternatives. For more info click here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/tobacco-control/vaping-smokefree-environments-and-regulated-products.

Global Deaths Since 2000

Smoking

140,905,827

Vaping

0

 

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Team Members

Meet the people behind ASAP.
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Mirza Abeer

Founder & CEO of ASAP

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Herbert A. Gilbert, once a two-pack-a-day man, invented the first ever e-cigarette, a revolutionary alternative to combustible cigarettes. While he was way ahead of his time, Gilbert never found a company willing to produce his invention. To this day, his patent has been cited numerous times by many inventors. He might not have been able to bring the e-cigarette into the market, but his efforts did not go by unnoticed. Source: www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plans-for-first-e-cigarette-went-up-in-smoke-50-years-ago-18097...#ecigarettes #inventions #historyofecigarettes #vapingcommunity ... See MoreSee Less
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Herbert A. Gilbert, once a two-pack-a-day man, invented the first ever e-cigarette in 1963. He called it the ‘Smokeless’, and it was a revolutionary alternative to combustible cigarettes. While he was way ahead of his time, Gilbert never found a company willing to produce his invention. To this day, his patent has been cited numerous times by many inventors. He might not have been able to bring the e-cigarette into the market, but his efforts did not go by unnoticed. Source: www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plans-for-first-e-cigarette-went-up-in-smoke-50-years-ago-18097...#ecigarettes #inventions #historyofecigarettes #vapingcommunity ... See MoreSee Less
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Till the 1960s, smoking was accepted everywhere. In 1964, the US Public Health Service released the first report highlighting how combustible cigarettes are a cause multiple cancerous diseases. Resultantly, antismoking laws were implemented and countless antismoking campaigns were launched. Even then, far too many people still continued to smoke. How, then, were e-cigarettes invented?Stay tuned to find out! Souce: www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/history/index.htm#ecigarettes #historyofecigarettes #smokingkills #vapingcommunity #quitsmokingasap ... See MoreSee Less
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Till the 1960s, smoking was accepted everywhere. In 1964, the US Public Health Service released the first report highlighting how combustible cigarettes are a cause multiple cancerous diseases. Resultantly, antismoking laws were implemented and countless antismoking campaigns were launched. Even then, far too many people still continued to smoke. How, then, were e-cigarettes invented?Stay tuned to find out! Souce: www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/history/index.htm#ecigarettes #historyofecigarettes #smokingkills #vapingcommunity #quitsmokingasap ... See MoreSee Less
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There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke; even brief exposure can be harmful to health. Studies have shown damage from secondhand smoke occurs in as little as five minutes. Let’s break our habits of combustible cigarettes and switch to safer alternatives. It’s time to quit for ourselves, as well as those around us. Nobody deserves to experience deteriorating health through no fault of their own.#passivesmokingkills #quitsmokeasap #vapingcommunity ... See MoreSee Less
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There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke; even brief exposure can be harmful to health. Studies have shown damage from secondhand smoke occurs in as little as five minutes. Let’s break our habits of combustible cigarettes and switch to safer alternatives. It’s time to quit for ourselves, as well as those around us. Nobody deserves to experience deteriorating health through no fault of their own.#passivesmokingkills #quitsmokeasap #vapingcommunity ... See MoreSee Less
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Passive smoking can lead to wheezing, chronic cough, increased mucus, eventually causing diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and lung cancer. Even an hour’s exposure to secondhand smoke can decline lung function and restrict airflow. Let’s raise awareness for passive smoking to protect our loved ones.Sources: www.shorturl.at/shorturl.at/vCEV0shorturl.at/rstD3 ... See MoreSee Less
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