SZABIST and Shaukat Khanum Hospital Join Hands against Tobacco

Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) Islamabad Campus have jointly launched a campaign aimed at curtailing the consumption of tobacco through awareness raising in order to save masses, especially the young generation from its hazardous affects.

In this connection experts from Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital and management as well as students of SZABIST will hold a chain of activities including seminars, walks and fairs to disseminate the anti-tobacco messages through all possible means. Students will distribute pamphlets at different places such hotels, parks, educational institutions, and shopping malls so that more and more people made aware of the horrifying result of tobacco consumption.

The campaign was launched to mark the "World No Tobacco Day" here at SZABIST where medical experts from Shaukat Khanum urged the media not to advertise or glorify use of tobacco products from its platform so that the increasing trend of its consumption could be discouraged.

Speaking of the occasion of the campaign's launching Mr. Muhammad Zohair Sahoo a medical expert from Shaukat Khanum said 80 percent of the total smokers worldwide belong to the less income generating countries including Pakistan.

He also said that there are 250 types of dangerous chemicals in the smoke of tobacco which cause serious health disorders not only to the smokers but also to other around them.

Zohair added that tobacco usage is the biggest cause of lungs cancer in the world .Tobacco also results in other forms of cancers including that of kidney, breast, mouth, lips, and large intestine.

He expressed serious concern over the escalating use of tobacco in Pakistan in the form of cigarette, Gutka, Pan, Niswar, Seepare, Chaaleya and Sheesha.

Muhammad Rehan a student studying at SZABST belonging to MBA discipline while sharing his story said that he started smoking in 10th standard only for fun and now when he is completely aware of its dangerous affects and wants to even quit the habit he just cannot get rid of smoking due to addiction.

He advised the new generation to never ever smoke if they want to lead a healthy life.

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