Pakistan is among the top 15 smoking countries in the world. There is widespread tobacco consumption and higher tobacco related health issues in Pakistan.
Presently, 19.1% of the Pakistani population consumes tobacco out of this 31.8% are men while 5.8% are women. During the launch of the Pakistan Civil Society Alliance for Tobacco Control, this was revealed by a panel of experts. The event was organized by the Human Development Foundation (HDF).
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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HDF Azhar Saleem was included in the list of panelists. Other than this Zahid Thebo the Regional Manager SPARC, Panah General Secretary Sanaullah Ghumman, Dr. Shelina Bhanami the Assistant Professor Aga Khan University, Imdad Soomro the Senior Investigative Journalist and Dr. Syed Zafar Husain Shah the Head of Medical Surgery and others were part of the event.
Senate Standing Committee on Narcotics Control was told that almost 6.7 million people in Pakistan are involved in drug abuse. 2% among these are individuals aging between 15-19 years, 6% are aging between 20-24 years, 11% are aging from 30-35 years and 11% are aging between 35-40 years.
HDF CEO quoted the 2013 standardized estimate of smoking prevalence of World Health Organization. According to estimates the Pakistani population that consumes tobacco is 19.1% out of which 31.8% are men while 5.8% are women.
Out of this 9.6% people are daily cigarette addicts while 2.7% of them smoke water pipes daily.
Azhar Saleem said, “The numbers envisage an alarming revelation i.e. the ratio of male to female smokers has increased in the Youth bracket. In the adult bracket, there is 1 female smoker for every 5 male smokers; however, in the youth age bracket, for every 2 boys, there is 1 girl, who is smoking. These trends are not a mere myth.”