| GEO Pakistan|
| Anti-Smoking Day today|
| Updated at: 0650 PST, Monday, May 31, 2010|
LAHORE: Anti-Smoking Day will be observed across the world today to highlight smoking related health hazards and create awareness about the issue.
Smoking not only pollutes the atmosphere but is also injurious to health, which causes a number of diseases, especially related to heart.
In Pakistan, every year the government and civil society organisations hold seminars, conferences and walks against smoking, but the violation of anti-smoking laws enforced by the government continues. Smoking is termed a major cause of heart related diseases.
Vendors and shopkeepers sell cigarettes to youths to earn money. They even express their ignorance about the law or any ban on the sale of cigarettes to underage youths.
According to the law, violators of the ban can be fined up to Rs 1,000 and a repeat of the offence can lead to Rs 0.1 million fine.