Pakistan is a signatory to Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), since November 3rd 2004, which makes compliance to protecting the rights of non-smokers mandatory. However implementation has been weak. Enough awareness has not been created although a lot of trumpets have been blown about doing legislation. That approach, though, ignores the human psychology that people never like what is forced upon them. Give them awareness, time and logic and, eventually, they might agree. For those who do want to quit, the other non-quitters are a hindrance. Visit to public offices have revealed that smoking takes place right under the No-Smoking sign. This situation can only be remedied through creating smoking areas before ultimately ensuring the entire working environment to be smoke free. Pakistan is not the only country facing the dilemma of separating smokers from non-smokers. Many countries have dealt with this problem by providing designated smoking areas. -TAHIRA JAMEEL, Islamabad, via e-mail, October 30