The Pakistan government is being urged to bring about laws banning the popular "sheesha" smoking at public places in Islamabad including restaurants and cafes with a number of citizens expressing concerns over the health risks.
A senior citizen, said most of hotels, restaurants and cafes in Islamabad and other big cities of the country were offering the deadly product in a variety of flavours, reports the Daily Times.
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Every day new sheesha cafes are opening up in the country because of its increasing demand by the younger generation, said another citizen. He said sheesha was a modern form of the "Hookah" in which hazardous and aromatic tobacco in flavours is used to attract the teenagers.
Imran, a doctor, said sheesha causes lungs diseases, cancer and the flavoured smoking is many times more harmful to health than a simple cigarette smoking.
"If it continues to exist in society, it will untimely result into deaths of youngsters in the years to come," Dr Imran warned.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), consuming sheesha for an hour is equal to smoking 100 cigarettes. A journalist said both boys and girls are getting hooked to it and the trend is rising. He said the government must create extra awareness among the smokers against the harmful affects of sheesha, besides cigarette smoking.