No Tobacco day

To mark the world no tobacco day a seminar was organized by the Department of Community Medicine in The University of Faisalabad. In his key note address Prof Dr Zahid Masood, Head, Department of Community Medicine, spoke about the effects of tobacco on heart. Smokers were 4 times more likely to suffer from heart attacks and stroke, he added. Dr Masood further said that 2 million people die every year due to heart diseases due to smoking worldwide. He disclosed that every day 1200 school going children start smoking everyday in Pakistan. Moreover, number of girl smokers has jumped from 6 % to 19.6% in Pakistan. Pro Dr Muhammad Saeed, Prof Rector TUF was the chief guest. He focused on the economic and social aspects of smoking. He suggested that women can play a key role curbing the increasing tendency of smoking. Talking on the occasion Dr Uzma Sagheer spoke on the theme of 2018 “Tobacco breaks heart”. She added that in Pakistan cigarette was cheaper than a loaf of bread. Ms Khadija, 4th Year MBBS student highlighted the fact that according to WHO there was 10% increase in number of smokers in Pakistan in last decade. Large number of students and faculty members attended the seminar.