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Fehmida for raising awareness against tobacco use.

ISLAMABAD, May 31, 2011 (Frontier Star): Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Fehmida Mirza has stressed on the people, NGOs and government health departments to join hands to raise awareness against the use of tobacco. In her message on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, to be observed on May 31, Fehmida Mirza said, this day serves us an opportunity to renew our commitments to highlight health risks associated with the use of tobacco that cause multitude of health problems. She called upon the masses to abandon the use of tobacco to minimize the risk to their health.We should collectively draw attention to harmful effects of tobacco smoking and marketing to women and girls. She appreciated the World Health Organization (WHO) for their struggle to stop smoking and awareness programmes for World No Tobacco Day. She stressed upon the need to take measures to stop smoking on public places and public transports. The Speaker said use of tobacco is on rise in youth, women and girls that can have lethal effects specially on the health of women and subsequently affect the whole household. She said that according to WHO statistics, women comprise 20% out of the one billion smokers in the world. She called upon the health departments, NGOs and Media to initiate aggressive media campaign to raise awareness against the tobacco use. The Speaker also asked the tobacco companies not to attempt, lure people into life time nicotine dependence.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 31, 2011
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