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Doctors, activists urge KP govt to ban 'naswar' spitting in public

12:27 PM | 23 Jul, 2016
Doctors, activists urge KP govt to ban 'naswar' spitting in public
PESHAWAR - Social activists and doctors have urged the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government to ban the spitting of Naswar - a local drug made from Sun and heat-dried tobacco leaves - at public places owing to health threats posed by the apparently safe drug.

The demand came after a spike was observed in the spitting of naswar, smokeless tobacco powder used by the residents of the Peshawar city in particular.

Doctors and social activists on different forums felt that although laws hindering smokers from smoking in public spaces exist in Pakistan, there was also a need for separate legislation to ban spitting and littering of naswar in public.

Muhammad Rafiq, a social worker of Motivate Youth Organisation, told a local newspaper “Naswar consumption is increasing in the province but the government has not included the issue in their priority list.” He maintained that international organisations like United Nations Office on Drug Control and Crime should include use of smokeless tobacco in Pakistan in its list of illicit substances.

The crew advocating the ban expressed that India had disallowed spitting pan, gutka and other smokeless forms of tobacco in public spaces in 2015. It also introduced a fine of Rs. 1,000 or a jail term of three months for those who violate the rule. Pakistan should also devise laws accordingly, the activists felt.

The writer is a civil servant.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 13 June 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 13, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.6 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal at 75.9.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.6 280.65
Euro EUR 296 299
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.1 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.88 748.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206
China Yuan CNY 38.38 38.78
Danish Krone DKK 40.14 40.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.19 917.19
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.3 59.9
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.52 731.52
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.5 205.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.94 312.44
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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