PESHAWAR:June 01: The nursing department of the Rehman Medical College (RMC) on Thursday held a seminar on the World No Tobacco Day to raise awareness among people about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption.
Nurses, doctors and other staff members of the RMC were present at the event chaired by noted physician and dean of the institute, Dr Sher Mohammad Khan, who said smoking harmed nearly every organ of the human body and caused several diseases.
He said cigarettes contained over 4,000 toxic chemicals, 50 of which were known to cause cancer, adding it had toxic chemicals like ammonia, arsenic, acetone, methanol, hydrogen cyanide, etc.
Dr Sher Mohammad Khan, who is also president of Pakistan Anti-Smoking Society, said tobacco contained nicotine, which gave false pleasure to the brain and the person consuming the tobacco wanted more of it. He said proper diet, daily physical activity and fresh fruits were helpful in preventing the killer disease.
Clinical Instructor at the RMC, Hizbullah Khan, highlighted the negative effects of smoking and said about 85 percent of all lung cancer deaths were caused by smoking. He said smoking is also the cause of 30 percent of all other cancers. He said study shows that 50 percent of smokers die of smoking-related cancer, heart diseases and other ailments.The news.