Rapid increase in smoking

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Smoking is injurious to health. This is written on each and every packet of cigarettes. But no smoker bothers to care about this advice. Smoking is increasing day by day throughout the world and affecting the youth especially. According to WHO about 1.1 billion people are regular smokers. One in every three adults is a smoker. Smoking is also becoming popular among school children. The Pakistan Paediatrics Association has estimated that 1,000 to 1,200 teenage students start smoking daily in Pakistan. According to WHO smoking in Pakistan has increased by 30 percent over the last decade. The Pakistan Demographic Health Survey reveals that 46 per cent men and 5.7 per cent women smoke tobacco. Tobacco kills around 6 million people each year in the world. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco used while more than 0.6 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoking.
Efforts should also be made to arrest its use at all levels and effective mechanism need to be developed by all governments throughout the world. Although there are multinational companies having stake to flourish their business against investment made in this sector, but this issue at all cost invites attention of the wisdom of this universe to save the new generation for healthy environment. It is amazing if we look into the fact that the multinational companies are very calmly playing with the human beings by introducing health hazard products and life savings drugs. Both ways they are making money from the people.
Zahra Farzein
Islamabad