Harm­ful habits

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - P SENTHIL SARAVANA DURAI

I strongly sup­port and ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of curb­ing and banning the use of harm­ful items like tobacco and drug. Also, it is un­for­tu­nate that many young­sters are deeply ha­bit­u­ated to smok­ing. It is true that there are com­pa­nies in the world that sur­vive on sell­ing cig­a­rettes. But at the same time, it can­not be ruled out that smok­ing habits pose grave threats to not only the lives of the smok­ers but also those of the pas­sive [non]-smok­ers.

In fact a pic­to­rial warn­ing is a step in the right di­rec­tion and will serve as a grim re­minder of the ill ef­fects of smok­ing. It is also time to look at the other pos­si­ble ways of creating aware­ness on the haz­ardous ef­fects of tobacco con­sump­tion. Fi­nally, smok­ing in pub­lic places should be com­pletely banned and hefty penalty on the vi­o­la­tors should be there. —Mum­bai, India

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