Cigarette smoking survey of citizens of KarachiMuhammad Asif Jaleel, Rozina Noreen, Abdul Hameed, Abida Parveen, Ashfaq Ahmad Javid, Kashif Ali Hashmi, Kausar Naseem Malik.
To determine the smoking patterns of citizens of Karachi and its consequences on the health of smokers.
The study was carried out on 1700 subjects residing in different localities of Karachi. A specifically designed questionnaire was filled individually.
Out of 1700 subjects, 740 (43.53%) were found indulged in cigarette smoking. Anxiety was the assigned cause for smoking by 64% and 70% had cough, many with sputum. A total of 86% admitted smoking in public places.
The study suggested that many smokers indulge in this habit as a result of anxiety and many suffer its injurious consequences. These data should prompt meaningful efforts to discourage this detrimental habit. (Rawal Medical Journal 2003;28:48-51).
Key words: Smoking, Pollution, Cigarettes, Karachi