KARACHI - World No Tobacco Day will be marked at the Aga Khan University (AKU) here on May 28. An announcement to this effect was made in a statement of the AKU on Tuesday. It pointed out that tobacco use kills an average of one person every six seconds and is responsible for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide, killing 5.4 million people a year according to the World Health Organization (WHO). There are about 22 million smokers in Pakistan and half of all households have at least one family member who smokes. Tobacco is the second major cause of death globally and the biggest public health threat the world has ever faced. One hundred million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 20th century and if current trends continue, there will be up to one billion deaths in the 21st century. Unchecked, tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030, and 80 per cent of those deaths will occur in developing countries like Pakistan. It was also pointed out that the world No Tobacco Day is an annual protest against tobacco and against the corporations that promote and market its use. This year the theme is Tobacco-Free Youth, focusing on protecting young people from becoming smokers by banning all forms of tobacco marketing and advertising, including sponsorship of events and activities. The World No Tobacco Day will be marked at the Aga Khan University (AKU) on May 28. The welcome speech will be delivered by Nadeem Mustafa Khan, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Health Services, Asia (AKUH Pakistan and FMIC Afghanistan). Dr Javaid A. Khan, Professor and Section Head of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University, will speak on the tobacco epidemic in Pakistan. There will be an inter-medical universities speech competition on the role of health professional in controlling tobacco epidemic in Pakistan. A video film - 'Victims of Tobacco' will be screened and a panel discussion will also be held on the occasion.