Smoking is the single largest cause of many diseases.
This was stated by eminent cardiologist and Medical Superintendent Red Crescent Hospital Latifabad, Dr Fazal-ur-Rehman, here on Wednesday.
He said that smoking causes many of diseases including cancer of different kinds, cardiac, tuberculosis, asthma, shrinking of mouth tissues and arteries and foot infections.
Dr Fazal said that smoking is not only injurious for the users but passive smoking is also a threat to the passive smokers.
He said that tobacco chewing, Gutka, leaf with chewing tobacco are also harmful.
He said that despite promulgation of Anti-Smoking Ordinance, smoking is prevalent in public places.
Dr Fazal-ur-Rehman was also critical of advertisement of cigarette companies on media.
He also emphasized the need of effective implementation of Anti-Smoking Ordinance.
Dr Fazal emphasized the need of community-based efforts for fostering awareness about the hazards of the smoking.