Government has launched a campaign to make federal capital Islamabad a smoke free city.
In the first phase, Shakarparian and Pakistan Monument have been declared smoke free areas.
Talking to the media persons on the occasion, Minister for National Health Services Aamir Mehmood Kiani said the smoke free campaign has been launched with a view to make Islamabad a model city not only for Pakistan but also the region and the world.
Referring to the adverse impact of smoking on the lives of the people, he said about one hundred and sixty thousand people die annually in Pakistan due to smoking. He said there is law which prohibit smoking at public places but this was never implemented.
Aamir Mahmood Kiani said that the smoking will now be banned at all the public places including the premises of National Assembly and the Senate. The Health Minister said that Capital Development Authority has also been directed to promote healthy activities in the capital.
The Minister regretted that the health sector never remained a priority in the past but the present government is striving to bring improvement in it.