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World No-Tobacco Day: 8.6 billion cigarettes have been smoked yearly in Pakistan

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Lahore: Today World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is going to be observed all over the world with the watchword, “Tax ratio should be increased on cigarette”. The main objective of which is to control the smoking by increasing its rates. The research has proved that by doing so, the low earning people will be discouraged.

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World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) designed World No Tobacco Day in 1987. In the past twenty years, the day has been met with both enthusiasm and resistance across the globe from governments, public health organizations, smokers, growers, and the tobacco industry.

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In Pakistan, in the light of a report by International Tax and Investment Center, despite a heavy tax and rise in the prices of cigarettes, the use of tobacco is not decreased. According to international health department, the usage of tobacco among adults is 19% while Nepal is at the top of this list in Asia with 27%, Bangladesh stands second with 23%, Maldives 21%, Sri Lanka and India share 21% each and Bhutan stands at 11% adult smokers. According to a research report, the cigarette smoke contains 4000 chemicals of which 250 are harmful for human health; however, 50 of them become the reason for cancer.

 

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