Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), along with the Dolphine Squard Lahore, Saturday distributed environment-friendly shopping bags among people at The Mall, here.
Red Crescent Secretary Muhammd Zahid and SP Dilphine Squard Naveed Arshad, DSP Headquarters Shahzad Rafique Awan and other officers were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Zahid said that protection of environment was a need of the hour to control different diseases.
He said that public awareness campaign should be launched to discourage the use of plastic shopping bags, which were causing sewerage blockage, excessive waste generation and creating hindrance in maintaining cleanliness in cities.
SP Dolphine Squard Naveed Arshad said the trend of cloth-made shopping bags should be promoted to get rid of plastic shopping bags.
Improvement in the smog density was observed on Saturday in the provincial capital whereas Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded as 168.
In some areas, the smog density level was recorded high like in Sundar Industrial Estate where AQI was 468 and at border area it was 339 AQI.
Due to smog in the city, several health issues were being observed. The citizens were catching flu and eye infection and asthmatic patients are facing problems in breathing.
Doctors have warned citizens against going out unnecessarily and urged them to stay homes.
On the other hand, smog was not only affecting humans but also animals. Lahore Zoo authorities informed the media that special medicines for increasing immunity were being given to animals.