PANAH launches awareness campaign on harmful effects of tobacco and sugary drinks

City Reporter

RAWALPINDI: An important meeting of Civil Society Alliance was held at Rawalpindi Press Club under the auspices of Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH) in which Nijat Trust, Peace Foundation, Kidney Patient Association, Burhani Foundation, Fatima Malik Welfare Trust, National Development Organization, Dia Foundation, including Doctors, lawyers, journalists and representatives of tobacco victims attended the ceremony. At the beginning of the ceremony, Asylum President General Masood-ur-Rehman Kayani said in a telephonic address that tobacco and sugary drinks are not our necessities of life but the cause of diseases. The government must take effective measures to curb its use, especially among the younger generation.

On the occasion, General Secretary (Asylum) Sanaullah Ghman thanked the participants for coming and said that health is a fundamental right of every individual. It is the responsibility of the government to provide facilities. Asylum has raised its voice on every platform to address public health issues. Nowadays, the campaign on the harmful effects of tobacco and sugary drinks on human health is in full swing. You may be surprised to know that 4 Billion rupees Tobacco and sugary drinks are wasted, 166,000 people lose their lives every year due to smoking-related diseases, while about 1,200 children between the ages of 6 and 15 are exposed to smoking on a daily basis and the future of the country is at stake.

According to a research report by the Budget Office (CBO), 4 out of every 5 people start smoking before the age of 18. Tobacco causes a number of diseases, including oral cancer, after more than 100 international analyzes on reducing its use. It has been proven that the best strategy to prevent smoking is to impose taxes, so that tobacco is kept out of the reach of the common man.

Consumption of sugary drinks like tobacco increases obesity which causes heart, stroke, cancer, diabetes, lung diseases. Obesity accounts for 68% of all deaths due to obesity, a major cause of which is the consumption of sugary drinks, according to Cheryl Anderson, author of Family and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Consumption of these drinks increases the risk of heart disease by 42%. Despite this research, according to the 2018 study, the production of sugar drinks in Pakistan was 2.063 billion liters, which continues to increase, despite all the research.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sania Nishtar, Cardiologist and Chairperson Benazir Income Sports Program, said that PepsiCo was included in the recent agreement with Bank Al-Falah which we condemned and the increasing use of sugary drinks by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Appealed to protect citizens from trends and related diseases, while the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) recently imposed a 25 percent tax on e-cigarettes, which means legalizing e-cigarette companies, but not just We also condemned the decision and appealed to the FBR authorities to reverse the decision immediately. Sanaullah Ghman said that the harmful effects of smoking and consumption of sugary drinks are being ignored and we have to work hard. Proclamation, Doctors, Civil Society Expressing their views, the journalists said that we all have to play our role in saving the young generation. On this occasion, the participants appreciated the efforts of the asylum seekers and assured to cooperate with them in every possible way. Secure the future of the young generation, which was unanimously approved.