Cancer and tax!  

 We have been hearing this “mantra” for decades by tobacco companies to stop the illegal trade of cigarettes.

What is more important than receiving taxes from the legit tobacco sector is the implementation of stringent laws to make aware the public at large particularly the younger generation about the life-threatening effects of smoking. Smoking is one of the major contributing factors to cancer. God forbid, any form of cancer means a person’s life span is compromised. Its treatment is painful and expensive.

Thank you, Mr Prime Minister, for Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital in the major cities of Pakistan which provides free treatment for cancer for the poor. I would request you, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Imran Khan to form a committe and task them to find out ways to create awareness against the health hazards of smoking and strict implementation of laws to curb smoking indoors.

SHAHZAD LODHI,

Rawalpindi.

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