City Traffic Police (CTP), Pakistan National Hearts Association (PNHA) and Riphah University Friday jointly organized a walk here at Peshawar Road in connection with “World Anti-Tobacco Day” to create public awareness regarding health hazards of tobacco.
The walk was attended among others by Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rawalpindi, Yousaf Ali Shahid, Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) City, Faisal Saleem, Inspector CTP Headquarters Hameed, Inspector CTP Bashir Ahmed Toor, a number of Traffic Warden Officers, General Secretary, PNHA, Sanaullah Ghoman, Senior Executive Vice President PNHA, Dr. Abdul Qayyum, Dr. Shahnaz, Director Welfare Riphah University, Dr. Azhar Haleem.
Earlier, the CTO addressing the participants said that Tobacco and Shisha smoking were injurious to health as they caused cancer, heart diseases and blood pressure problem.
He said, the objective of observing “World No Tobacco Day” was to reduce tobacco consumption which could lead to deadly diseases like cancer and early death.
“World No Tobacco Day” primarily focuses on encouraging users to refrain from tobacco consumption and its related products for a period of at least 24 hours so that they could be prepared to stop tobacco consumption which is in their own interest.
The speakers said on occassion that “No-Tobacco Day” was an attempt to draw public and the government’s attention on the need to take effective measures to prevent tobacco consumption which contaminated the environment in which we lived.
“So, if your dream is to live in a pollution-free environment, then Anti-Tobacco Day is the right time to express your support to help create a safe and healthy environment for future generations.