The district implementation committee on tobacco control has formed an enforcement team to discourage the use of tobacco in public places, educational institutions, restaurants and recreational places in Hyderabad.
The team comprises police officers, health officers and district coordinator for tobacco control. It was formed in a meeting held by the implementation committee on Friday, under the chair of additional deputy commissioner Abid Saleem Qureshi.
The participants of the meeting observed that tobacco use is causing deaths of 0.1 mllion people every year in Pakistan through cancer and heart diseases. They expressed that there is a dire need to eliminate this menace from the society with the help of people of all segments.
The meeting decided to install anti-tobacco signboards on the roads with the help of Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Coordinator tobacco control Abdul Ghaffar Sheerani briefed the attendees of the meeting on ways to control tobacco.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2013.