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No Tobacco Day observed in city

LAHORE: Doctors urged people to give up smoking to save their lives as World No Tobacco Day was observed in the city on Saturday. 
Young Doctors Association Punjab Information Secretary Dr Khurram Shahzad told APP that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 6 million people die every year throughout the world because of smoking. He said that although the government had imposed a ban on advertisement of cigarettes, yet the trend of smoking was increasing in society.
Meanwhile, Punjab Finance, Excise and Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has urged doctors to launch a massive awareness campaign for sensitising the general public about hazardous aspects of smoking.
Talking to various delegations at his residence in connection with No Tobacco Day, the minister said that it was a common responsibility of teachers, parents, public opinion leaders and especially ulema to play their effective role in this social service. 
Handling such an enormous problem in a third world country with limited financial resources was not possible without cooperation of philanthropists, he said, adding that over 40 percent of population above the age of 45 suffered from one form or the other of non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. The trend also seemed to be on the rise, he added. 
He also said that it was high time for promoting social mobilisation against smoking, TB and cancer. He said that billions of rupees were being wasted annually on smoking, which was major cause of deadly diseases like TB, lungs cancer, cardiovascular diseases and other chest diseases. He said that chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases were 4th main cause of deaths in the world and 600 million people were victims of these disease in the world whereas, according to WHO, 3 million people die every year throughout the world due to these complications.
Mujtaba said that the Punjab government was focusing on provision of education and healthcare facilities to the common people, especially people living in remote and far-flung areas. 
The provincial government had taken revolutionary steps through re-engineering of resources in the field of education and health so that modern educational as well as health facilities could be provided to the people on their doorstep, he added. 

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