Minister: (Saira stresses the need to reduce tobacco consumption)

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for National Health Services, Saira Afzal Tarar has stressed the need to reduce tobacco consumption as there were great health risks associated with its use.

In an interview on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, she said the aim to observe “Anti-Tobacco Day” is to raise awareness about health issues associated with smoking.

She said the World Health Organization warned in its report that unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million by 2030. She said tobacco is a silent killer, it’s harmful for the health and passive smoking is more harmful for others as out of 10, seven persons suffer from passive smoking.