Shakarparian and Pakistan Monument declared smoke free areas

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The federal government has launched a campaign to make the Federal Capital a smoke free City, and in the first phase, Shakarparian and Pakistan Monument have been declared smoke free areas.

Talking to the media persons in Islamabad on Monday, the Minister for National Health Services Aamir Mehmood Kiani said that the smoke free campaign has been launched with a view to make Islamabad a Model City not only for Pakistan but also the region and the World.

Referring to the adverse impact of smoking on the lives of the people, he said that about 160,000 people die annually in Pakistan due to smoking. He said that there is a law which prohibits smoking at public places but this was never implemented.

Aamir Mahmood Kiani said that the smoking will now be banned at all the public places including the premises of National Assembly and the Senate.

The health minister said that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has also been directed to promote healthy activities in the Capital.

The minister regretted that the health sector never remained a priority in the past but the present government is striving to bring improvement in it.

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