Rising prevalence of smoking  

 The excuse that smoking provides relief against tension is unfounded and baseless reasoning. Smoking is the major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, emphysema and cancers – particularly cancers of the larynx, mouth, lung and pancreas, etc.

The epidemic of tobacco use among women is increasing in some countries while they comprise about 20 percent of the world’s more than one billion smokers. Especially troubling is the rising prevalence of tobacco and shisha use among girls. Shisha is gaining immense popularity among the youth of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi posing serious health risks to their lives. It is served with certain flavours and aromatic substances. Statistics at hand show that more than 100 million people worldwide smoke shisha daily.

Many children are even not aware that the shisha cafes they usually go to smoke mixes some additives in their shisha just to have customers come back.

It is the need of the hour concerned quarters of government enforcing laws to curb smoking. Take note of the rising trend of smoking and sheesha smoking among youngsters, both boys and girls.

SHAHZAD LODHI,

Rawalpindi.

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