SPARC celebrated Universal Children’s Day 2022, “Impose Health Levy on Tobacco Products to Save Children” by highlighting the need of imposing a Health Levy on tobacco products to safeguard health of Pakistani children. Shedding light on this year’s theme “Inclusion, for every child. The speakers suggested the immediate implementation of Tobacco Health Levy Bill to generate 60 Billion Rupee revenue to save children from harms of tobacco.
Event also emphasised that child rights are recognised and protected under the global commitments made by Pakistan such as UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tobacco is a pandemic which directly violates children’s right to life, survival and development, health, education, and access to clean and green public places.