ALARMING: More than 1200 children in Pakistan start smoking every day!
The incumbent government has introduced and implemented numerous measures to regulate and control tobacco use in Pakistan.
According to Pakistan’s Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of National Health Services, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, the number of tobacco users in Pakistan has observed a massive increase as about 1200 children start smoking every day.
She stated that according to the available data, children between the ages of 6 and 12 years are also among those children who start smoking daily.
Dr. Hamid furthermore mentioned that about 160,000 individuals die each year in Pakistan due to the excessive use of tobacco.
“The tobacco industry tries to attract young generations to become users of their products,” she said.
The incumbent government has introduced and implemented numerous measures to regulate and control tobacco use in Pakistan. This includes a ban on smoking in public spaces, work or service areas, and public transport.
Pakistani law and tobacco use
Pakistani law forbids selling tobacco products in the vicinity of schools, colleges, or universities. The sellers are prohibited from selling even a single cigarette within a 50-meter radius of any educational institute. Along with this, various advertising and promotional advertisements have also been banned from TV, print media, and radio.
According to data available with the Pakistani Health Ministry’s Tobacco Control Cell, the country has a staggering number of 23.9 million tobacco users, among which 15.6 million are chain smokers.
“5,000 Pakistanis are admitted to hospitals every day due to tobacco,” the cell said, “and 39 percent of households are exposed daily to secondhand tobacco smoke.”
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