Reported by: Shakeel Ahmad
ISLAMABAD: It has been found out that Pakistanis on an annual basis consume cigarettes whose total value amounts to Rs 200 billion.
The number of smokers in Pakistan has exceeded the 25 million mark as cigarette manufacturers continue to reap profits.
This in turn causes the government to pocket revenue amounting to Rs 80 billion.
However, the amount spent on health as a result of smoking equals Rs 100 billion. Pakistanis consume an alarming 170 million cigarettes on an annual basis.
As far as the country's population is concerned, forty percent men and nine percent women have been classified as smokers.
More than 100,000 people die as a result of smoking in Pakistan.
Written by: Shahjahan Khurram
Story first published: 8th March 2018