WHO’s head for educating public on tobacco hazards

Staff Reporter

Country Head World Health Organization office Pakistan, Dr Palitha Mahipala on Friday said that awareness campaigns were very useful in educating public on health hazard impacts of tobacco.

He expressed these views while addressing the public health representatives and volunteers in the road awareness campaign on tobacco control which was jointly organized by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and the World Health Organization.

He said that awareness through putting stickers on public service vehicles was helpful to increase information and education on tobacco hazards while reducing tobacco consumption.

Speaking on the occasion Deputy Director Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), Ministry of National Health Services, Dr Samra Mazhar said that 160,000 people died every year due to smoking which was a huge loss of humans and financial for a developing country like Pakistan.