Say no to teenage smok­ing

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - AYE­SHA FA­TIMA

About 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple are reg­u­lar smok­ers world­wide and ev­ery day be­tween 8,200 and 9,900 young peo­ple start smok­ing, risk­ing rapid ad­dic­tion to nico­tine. Smok­ing is be­com­ing pop­u­lar among school chil­dren, which shows ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 to 1,200 teens smoke daily. To­bacco smok­ing in Pak­istan is le­gal and due to this, chil­dren are tak­ing it for granted. Ac­cord­ing to WHO, smok­ing in Pak­istan has in­creased by 30 per­cent over the last decade. This aw­ful habit is gen­er­ally found in the ado­les­cents of Pak­istan. Ac­cord­ing to a lat­est re­search, more than 80% of adults be­gin smok­ing be­fore they turn 18. Chil­dren under the age of 18 say that it’s easy to buy to­bacco prod­ucts in this time; which is a se­ri­ous wake up call for the gov­ern­ment.

For the bet­ter­ment of the ado­les­cents of Pak­istan, gov­ern­ment should stop sell­ing to­bacco to them. Ap­prox­i­mately 1,200 teens start smok­ing daily which is also in­creas­ing the num­ber of dis­eases in them, which jeop­ar­dizes their life. Ev­ery year they end up their lives from lung can­cer and mouth can­cer. As a so­ci­ety, it is our duty to pro­tect new gen­er­a­tion from ad­dic­tion to to­bacco. I call upon the au­thor­i­ties to look into this is­sue im­me­di­ately. Avoid­ing or stop­ping smok­ing is one of the best things a teen can do for a life­time of good health. — Karachi

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