Public smoking

Safdar Jamali

I warmly welcome the directions given by the Hon’ble Madras High Court on public smoking and selling tobacco products to minors. Smoking in public places leads to serious health risks to non-smokers. Everyone has a right to standard of living which is essential for the health and well-being of himself and of his family. Recently, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India raised a question whether any conclusive proof is there to say that smoking cigarette causes cancer.
Despite thousands of studies relating to the consequences of consuming tobacco products, a study shows that when the residual Nicotine reacts with Nitrous Acid it forms Carcinogenic Tobacco Nitrosamines, which causes cancer. As guardian protector of the Fundamental Rights of the people, the Hon’ble Court rightly said that the State Authorities are required to enforce the concerned laws to curb public smoking and sale and distribution of tobacco products to minors. I remember King James I had said “Kings are justly called Gods for they exercise a manner or resemblance of divine power upon earth.” Who will be that king in Pakistan to control smoking and tobacco use; he will be justly called God.
— Karachi

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