To reduces the sales of cigarettes and protect the new generation from this unhealthy habit government of Pakistan has decided to ban open sales of cigarettes in all over Pakistan.
The notification has not been issued yet but it will be soon issued and provincial governments will be asked to make sure that the prohibition is strictly applied around the country.
Each year 6 million are killed due to smoking, this is the highest number of deaths caused by any single habit or thing.
Some are arguing that it may affect the trend but will be temporary because people will start purchasing whole packets of cigarettes and once they have whole cigarettes packet they will be more vulnerable and may increase smoking.
They argue that the correct step would have been prohibiting smoking in public areas such as train station, bus stops, markets and restaurants. It should be also noted that drug use in Pakistan is also increasing in major cities of Pakistan, especially in posh universities and colleges of capital city Islamabad.