Pub­lic smok­ing

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SAF­DAR JA­MALI

I warmly wel­come the di­rec­tions given by the Hon’ble Madras High Court on pub­lic smok­ing and sell­ing to­bacco prod­ucts to mi­nors. Smok­ing in pub­lic places leads to se­ri­ous health risks to non-smok­ers. Ev­ery­one has a right to stan­dard of liv­ing which is es­sen­tial for the health and well-be­ing of him­self and of his family. Re­cently, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of In­dia raised a ques­tion whether any con­clu­sive proof is there to say that smok­ing cig­a­rette causes can­cer.

De­spite thou­sands of stud­ies re­lat­ing to the con­se­quences of con­sum­ing to­bacco prod­ucts, a study shows that when the resid­ual Nico­tine re­acts with Nitrous Acid it forms Car­cino­genic To­bacco Nitrosamines, which causes can­cer. As guardian pro­tec­tor of the Fun­da­men­tal Rights of the peo­ple, the Hon’ble Court rightly said that the State Au­thor­i­ties are re­quired to en­force the con­cerned laws to curb pub­lic smok­ing and sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of to­bacco prod­ucts to mi­nors. I re­mem­ber King James I had said “Kings are justly called Gods for they ex­er­cise a man­ner or re­sem­blance of divine power upon earth.” Who will be that king in Pak­istan to con­trol smok­ing and to­bacco use; he will be justly called God. — Karachi

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