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Smoking kills 160,000 persons in Pakistan, 600,000 deaths globally

Smoking kills its own customers and it is proven by the data provided on the Anti-Tobacco Day. According to official estimates, over 160,000 people die in Pakistan each year as a result of smoking, while 600,000 people die globally as a result of passive smoking, it was revealed during a meeting held here at the Deputy Commissioner Secretariat in commemoration of the 11th Anti Tobacco Day.

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Smoking causes different types of cancer especially lung cancer in all genders and all age groups. Currently, a majority of Pakistanis are involved in smoking while a vast majority is also consuming other tobacco products.

According to official estimates, over 160,000 people die in Pakistan each year as a result of smoking, while 600,000 people die globally as a result of passive smoking, it was revealed during a meeting held here at the Deputy Commissioner Secretariat in commemoration of the 11th Anti Tobacco Day.

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It was also shown that smoking was responsible for the destruction of 600 million trees and 8.5 million hectares of land, as well as the release of 84 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Effective steps are need of the hour to handle smoking issues in Pakistan. Pakistan needs to increase taxes on Cigarettes and other smoking products to make it out of reach of the public especially students of colleges and universities.

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Currently, Pakistan has laws to stop selling cigarettes near educational institutes but it is not implemented in most areas. Taxes on cigarettes and heavy fines on law evasion should be introduced to curb the worrying situation in Pakistan.

The district administration has made all of the parks in the provincial capital smoke-free, according to the DC, who also stated that the relevant staff has been asked to ensure that cigarettes are not sold by Tuck shops within the parks.

 

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