ISLAMABAD, (Parliament Times) : An important meeting was held under the chairmanship of Sana Ullah Ghumman, General Secretary, Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH), which was attended by PANAH members. The meeting started with recitation from Holy Quran, where the harmful effects of VELO were discussed.
On the occasion, General Secretary Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH) Sana Ullah Ghumman said that developed nations come up with daily plans for a better future for the young generation. We have the vision to make young girls addicted to tobacco after young boys. And it is being publicized in a beautiful way. Girls could not hold a pack of cigarettes, could not smoke in front of their families, but now VELO has been introduced in beautiful packaging to make them addicted to tobacco, already among people suffering from heart diseases due to tobacco. An individual is losing his life every minute and a half, new tactics are being adopted to make the young generation addicted to tobacco, and the tobacco industry has introduced a product called VELO, which puts the future of the nation’s children, especially girls, at stake. Beautifully made to look like, this box will look like a toffee box or a jewelry box, now the girls can easily hide it from parents, teachers and use it in front of people. VELO, readily available in every market, grocery store, stores, hotels, cinemas, tobacco use in various ways is a major precursor to deadly diseases including heart disease.
The future of our youth, especially young girls, is at stake. New tactics are being used to create a sick society instead of a healthy one. The government must play its part in keeping tobacco access away from the younger generation. We urge the government to sell VELO. Ban immediately.