ISLAMABAD - Despite that the sale of cigarettes to people below the age of 18 years is prohibited under the ordinance 'Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health 2002', sale of the cigarettes to the youngsters is on the rise in the federal capital. It is common to see young rather minor children smoking, who can purchase cigarettes easily from any shop in the city. Mostly the minor labourers are found in this bad habit. Under the said ordinance, no vendor can sell cigarettes within a radius of 50 meters from any college, school or other educational institution. Violators of the ordinance can be fined up to Rs 1,000 and series offenders up to Rs 100,000. Similarly, violators of the ban on cigarette sale could be fined up to Rs 5,000 for the first violation and up to Rs 100,000 for repeated violations.   Talking to TheNation Ali (16) working in an automobile workshop in the Bharakahu, said he got some relief from smoking as he worked from early morning to late night. I feel burden on my head if I do not smoke for two hours. I smoke 20 cigarettes a day, he added. He further said that his family did not know about his smoking habit. "I am smoking for the last one year and I purchase cigarettes easily from any shop", he said.  Most of the teenagers copy their elders at homes, as it is common in our society as the elders in a family smoke in front of the young children without knowing its hazards. Shakir, a student of 8th class, said his father and two elder brothers are smokers and most of his family members were aware about his smoking. "I know smoking is not good for the health but it is very difficult for me to leave it", he maintained.   On the other hand, shopkeepers lay the burden over the government's shoulders to control underage smoking. They said they were demonstrating great care in early days of the promulgation of the ordinance, but were less careful today as there was no check on them.   Dr M Yasin, a medical specialist, said that the government should create awareness about the harmful effects of smoking. "The government cannot shift the responsibility from itself by placing warnings that read 'smoking is injurious to health' on each cigarette pack. He blamed the electronic media of the country that had not been able to cope with this task, as there is no work done for the prohibition of smoking. There are very few people who know that smoking increases the levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in the human body, and as a direct result of that, the human sense of taste and smell also declines and other breathing problems ensue he added.