Weak law enforcement encouraging sale of tobacco to minors

According to an estimate by the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) Regulations and Coordination, 1,200 children between the ages of 5 to 15 start to smoke every day in Pakistan. This amounts to 20 million under-aged or minor smokers in the country, where the legal age of smoking is 18 years. NHS Parliamentary Secretary Dr Nausheen Hamid said that according to a 2017 World Health Organisation report, more than 163,000 people die from tobacco use in Pakistan. Read more...

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