Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) Karachi and the Voices Against Tobacco (VAT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to initiate dialogue and debate among students of the varsity about the importance of tobacco control. In this respect the MoU signing ceremony was held at I.T. Tower of the university.

The use of tobacco amongst the youth of Pakistan is an increasingly concerning issue. Approximately 1,200 children between the ages of 6 and 15 start smoking each day. Voices Against Tobacco (VAT) is an initiative aimed at controlling tobacco use and empowering Pakistan’s youth to take ownership of their health and future.

Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Director ORIC, SMIU and Mr Majid Soomro, Program Manager for Lung Health Program, Community Health Directorate of Indus Hospital and Health Network signed the MoU.

On that occasion Dr Umrani expressed his views about the hazards of tobacco and said that Sindh Madressatul Islam University will fully support the cause of spreading awareness among the youth of the society as it considers its responsibility to try to guide the young generation about the fatal habit of usage of tobacco. “We have to save our young generation from tobacco as it destroys lives especially of young people;” Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani concluded.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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