ISLAMABAD- The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Tuesday said tobacco related deaths can be reduced through enhanced taxation on the cigeratte industry.
Tobacco in any form is extremely harmful, it kills around 500 people daily in Pakistan damaging households and economy, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.
Speaking at a function afer bring nominated as General Secretary of the Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH), he said that over 25 million Pakistani are smokers harming themselves, co-workers and family members.
Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that a WHO reports says that by 2030, mortality from smoking-related disease is expected to rise to 10 million with over 70 per cent of these deaths will be in developing countries.
Around twelve hundred youths and start smoking in Pakistan everyday continue it for the rest of their lives as a result of tobacco advertisements and promotion.
Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that government should ban tobacco ads, enforce anti-smoking laws properly and slap 100 per cent additional tax on cigarette manufacturers.
Earlier members of PANAH said that that they want a socially active person like Dr. Mughal to serve masses through this platform.