Female smokers in Pakistan ‘is on the rise’

February 11, 2014 | By | Reply More

Feb11, – Anti-smoking campaigners say there has been a five percent increase in the number of women smokers in Pakistan over the last three years. The number of female smokers in Pakistan has tended to be very low when compared to men who smoke.

hromedia Female smokers in Pakistan 'is on the rise' intl. news3In Pakistan’s conservative society, women who smoke are often frowned upon, which means that many have to smoke in secret.

The number of college and university going women smokers in the country has jumped to 21 percent from six percent in the recent years, said Prof. Javaid A. Khan, a senior chest physician and researcher in his presentation during 12th Biennial Convention of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA).

He said women smokers too, are bearing the same health consequences of tobacco usage as the male smokers,

“Pakistanis in general consume Rs. 450 billion worth of tobacco annually including 120 billion rupees on smoking cigarettes daily, added the Consultant Chest Physician, currently associated with Aga Khan University Hospital.

In his key-note address on Tobacco Control – Key to Disease Prevention, he said millions of rupees are also spent on pan chewing, besides niswar and hookah by the masses each year.

Press journalist for HRO media – Dawar Shah reports

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