The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered a smoking ban at offices and educational institutions. The court instructed on Monday that strict implementation of the ban should be practised.
Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi, during the hearing session of a petition filed regarding the smoking ban, expressed that smoking was prohibited at the workplaces and educational institutions.
The Punjab Chief Secretary proposed that the court should issue a notice instructing the strict implementation of the law to all the concerned departments.
The court then called the Director General (DG) of Social Welfare on the 2nd of October that is today.
The petitioner mentioned that smoking at public spots and at the educational organizations creates and leaves behind a bad impact both on the physical and mental health of children.
The petition further mentioned that smoking at educational institutions was the leading cause of drug addiction.
Youngsters these days starts with smoking and then later that leads them to start using drugs until they become severely addicted to it.
Throughout the world, different countries try at their levels to curb the ever-spreading addiction to smoking in people. Some governments try to do so by increasing taxes on the tobacco, while some countries offer incentives to the non-smokers thus encouraging the smokers to skip smoking.
In Pakistan also, the trend of smoking is high. It is like the most basic item when it comes to the parties of youngsters.
The step taken by LHC is commendable, let’s just hope that may this be fully implemented and practised.