1200 children start smoking every day in Pakistan: moot told  

LARKANA – Society for Protection of Rights of the Child held a meeting on Saturday to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It was informed in the meeting that 1200 children started smoking every day in Pakistan, which was a matter of great concern. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jai Pal Chabriya, a human rights leader, stated smoking among late teens and early 20s creates changes in the brain and body that can make young people more apt to experiment with other addictive substances. Rana Asif, a senior human rights activist, mentioned that yearly, 166,000 people die due to tobacco consumption because it is a leading root of escapable deaths worldwide.  Muhammad Kashif Mirza, a SPARC leader, said smoking cigarettes was a doorway towards drugs. Already, in Pakistan, the number of smokers had reached 29 million with 1200 children who start smoking every day. He further added that in recent years, the government had raised the tax on all essential items, but there had been no net increase in tobacco taxation from the past three years. Anti-tobacco activists expressed disappointment on government’s decision of not increasing the taxation on tobacco products in federal annual budget 2021-22. They demanded cut in taxes on tobaco products so as to reduce its use among the people of the country.

 

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