May 2018, Volume 68, Issue 5

Editorial

Dual Burden of Tobacco Consumption in Pakistan; Time to Act

Muhammad Arif Nadeem Saqib

Detrimental impact of tobacco use on the health and well-being of an individual as well as the society is well established. Consumption of smoked and smokeless tobacco (SLT) products i.e. cigarettes, hookah/shisha and chewing paan, gutka, naswar respectively is common in Pakistan. In the nineties, there were 22-25 million smokers whereas 55% households had at least one smoker.1 Similarly, 15% males and 10% females were using SLT.2 A recent national level survey showed that currently, there are 19.1% adults who were using tobacco. Among them, 12.4% were smokers and 7.7% were using SL

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