Waseem bhi, Aap thaktay kion nahi?

Obviously, the title of this post is from one of the very famous ad that discourages tobacco use, where Wasim bhi’s answer is “Kionkay main cigarette nahi peeta.” Everyone knows about this ad and I bet many of you also have seen the mimicry of this ad in various comedy programs. Point is, I am pretty much impressed by the recently implemented ban on public smoking in UK, which is the most talked-about decision to make England a smoke-free zone.

“From Sunday 1st July 2007 virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in England will become smoke free. The idea being that a smoke free England will help us all to be a happier, healthier lot.” Details here.

On a serious note, chronic tobacco abuse can result in chronic cough, second-hand smoke diseases/allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, throat cancer, emphysema and also increased risk for heart-related problems and many other disorders.

In our city, I have observed people smoking everywhere. Maybe only a few care about not smoking in front of kids, ladies and elders and they go out of their houses to have a puff. I have seen some smokers, who really mind so much, if someone asks them to go out of house for smoking.

So what do you guys think what will happen if we implement the same law to make Lahore a smoke-free zone to become one of the healthier lots?

Link used http://www.viewlondon.co.uk

18 Comments so far

  1. Paindu Production (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

    Interesting idea. Would be nice to see it implemented, but I guess there are far more important things to solve before (transportation, security, extremism, preserving historic area, etc etc)

    On a somewhat remotely related note, I find it surprising that most of the “Desi Baradari” either have no interest or don’t know anything at all about “rest of the world” i.e. outside the scope of UK and North America. What’s happening in most continental european countries are outside the thought spectrum of most folks. Same goes to happenings in South Korea and Japan, the leaders of modern world where technology is far beyond the years of USA. Related to smoking ban, In Japan, in some parts of tokyo there’s an outdoor smoking ban. For the british smoking ban, they are relatively very late to implement it, in most of the western european countries it is already in effect.

    What I wanted to say, probably not important at all, was that, it “could be an idea” to think outside the box of british/american influenced mentality.

  2. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    I believe kahin na kahin say ibtada honi chahye, ban ho ya transport, keeping in mind that its not an overnight course…it will take time.

    Idea should be that without wasting more time, and for avoiding more worse consequences, evil should be nipped in the bud, now it depends on you that you go this way or that way. Inspire ho jayein, ya inspire kar dain :)

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    Banning smoking in public would be beneficial to all of us and in general for the whole city/country.

    However, what I would like to point out as a bigger issue is drugs. How are we going to eliminate this evil when it is mostly done in elite-circles or on the contrary at the underground street level.

    Smoking tobacco in injurious to health; while smoking Hash is…. DEADLY! :|

  4. iblees (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

    The issue is with hard drugs i.e. heroin, pcp, and such; not with hashish which in few countries is treated as minor addiction and not as criminal offense. time to open our eyes and mind and think outside the box.

    Pakistan is probably the only country where Marijuana is smoked by so-called elite class, in the rest of the world its used by hippies.

    Cannabis (and its related) products (i won’t call them drugs) are not DEADLY, definitely less harmful than nicotine hit.

    A study published in The Lancet 24 March 2007 finds that cannabis is both less harmful and less addictive than either alcohol or tobacco. Read more here .

  5. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

    @Ibless: Thanks for the education dude! Yes, I agree eliminating hard drugs from our society should be our foremost priority.

  6. binary-zero (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    :) , i wish if i could ban smoking out of PK, i am quite allergic to smoking and oftenly have to leave the place instead of asking the person to care about his surroundings :)

    and guess what, i prefer hiring employees who are non-smoking. Smokers tends to waste more of their office time and also are immune to more fuss & office politics.

  7. Faraz (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:58 am

    In many multinationals operating in Pakistan (also in some big local companies), smoking is not allowed inside the offices. You have to go out if you want to smoke. This has been so for last few years now.

    i think this strategy works better. Not hiring the people who smoke (as the above poster suggested) can be counted as discrimination.

  8. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 1:01 am

    I’ve got a very effective way of getting rid of a smoker.

    As soon as you see someone sitting beside me start smoking; here I will start coughing hysterically and literally make the person embarrased of his/her act… :P

    Besides, I do have a history of smoking allergy in my family and I’m very much prone to it. So, I avoid anyone of those types by doing the above mentioned act ;)

  9. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 1:05 am

    I agree, i did that once. Its effective :D

  10. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    Also i agree with BZero, its one of the criteria by and large to choose better minds, and in great office settings “time” is a countable important factor.

  11. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 1:29 am

    Have you guys seen ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’?

    In the movie, while working at an internship that he’s won hard alongwith the responsibility of caring for a young child of his, Will Smith’s character doesn’t even drink water at the office just to avoid time wastage out of using a rest room!

    Now, that is what they call productivity ;)

  12. Faraz (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 1:36 am

    Pretty Simple: Unless it is scientifically proven that smokers waste more time or indulge more in office politics, it cannot be made a criteria.

    Smokers damage their health, agreed. But in a stricktly office environment you cannot discriminate against someone if he/she smokes. Yes you can make them Not smoke inside the office, and make the office smoke free. But you cannot judge their performance or make a hiring criteria around this factor…

    P.S. I don’t smoke and do not encourage smoking at all. Its one of the silliest things to do, and does cause serious health problems.

  13. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    ok. science aik taraf, ….personality reading bhi koi cheez hay. Smokers do have some problem :) …dont they?

  14. Faraz (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    yeah but lots of people have lots of different types of problems… a non smoker can also have the weirdest of personality because of some other reason. what i am saying is that for a stricktly office (hiring/promoting) criteria, we have to be as much objective as we can, without prejudice against anyone. Criteria shold only be performance and potential based. Yes if a person has clear personaly issues, then that could go against him in office hiring process. but not the plain fact that he/she smokes.

    Again: anyone who is reading this: smoking is actually equivalant to slowly poisoning yourself. It leads to a seriously painful / regretful future. Avoid at all costs.

  15. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 2:38 am

    Yeah, agreeeeeeeeeeeeed….. I dint say that its a hard and fast rule.

  16. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:04 am

    Do we have any hardcore smoker reading this post??

    Just asking for a different opinion…!

  17. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:16 am

    @hasan: Aa bail, mujhay maar??? :D

  18. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:27 am


    I was just thinking that someone may beg to differ… 8)

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