Say no to teenage smoking
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