Official News Pakistan 2011-05-30 14:59:45
National Assembly Speaker for raising awareness against Tobacco use in Youth and Women
Islamabad: Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly has stressed upon people, NGOs and government health departments to join hands to raise awareness against the use of tobacco which can cause multitude of health problems. She said this in her message on World No Tobacco Day being commemorated worldwide, tomorrow. Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that this day serves us an opportunity to renew our commitments to highlight health risks associated with the use of tobacco and rising awareness among the masses about the dangers of smoking. She called upon the masses to abandon the use of tobacco to minimize risk to their health. She said that we should collectively draw attention to harmful effects of tobacco smoking and marketing to women and girls. She also stressed the need for strict implementation of tobacco control laws to prevent smoking at public places and in transport across the country. She also appreciated the efforts of World Health Organization (WHO) for creating awareness among the masses about the hazards of tobacco use.
The Speaker said that use of tobacco is on rise in youth, women and girls. She said that tobacco use can have lethal effects on the health of women that could subsequently affect the whole household. She said that according to WHO statistics, women comprise 20% of the 1 billion smokers in the world.
She called upon the health departments, NGOs and Media to initiate aggressive media campaign to raise awareness against the tobacco use. She also asked the tobacco companies not to attempt, lure people into life time nicotine dependence.
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Karamat Hussain Niazi
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
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