ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Tuesday said that tobacco related deaths can be reduced through enhanced taxation on the cigarette industry. Tobacco in any form is extremely harmful, it kills around 500 people daily in Pakistan damaging households and economy, said PEW President Dr Murtaza Mughal.
Speaking at a function after 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 said that a World Health Organization 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 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 Murtaza to serve masses through this platform.
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