Fuuast admission | Sheesha smoking
Admission to Fuuast evening programme
Karachi, Sept 12: The Federal Urdu University of Arts,
Science and Technology (Fuuast) has extended the last date for admission
to its evening programme to Sept 14.
An official of the institution said that the orientation class for new comers would be held on Sept 17.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the principals of colleges affiliated with
Karachi University and college representatives in the academic council
has been convened on Sept 15.
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Sheesha smoking : Pakistan university students bare chest to devil
Islamabad: In Pakistani universities, including varsities in twin cities
of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, 38.70 percent male students are sheesha
smokers who smoke for the sake of removing frustration; 24.10 percent
for pleasure; 16.20 percent to gain attention of opposite gender; 12.90
percent for passing leisure time; and 8.06 percent to release stress.
Pakistani research published in an Indian journal reports that
water-pipe smoking (sheesha) has become a bandwagon in youth of
different parts of the world. Similarly, as a new fashion trend in
Pakistan, youth are also becoming one of its victims. The increasing
popularity of sheesha smoking in Pakistan has been estimated from the
increased number of sheesha smoking cafes in Lahore and Karachi.
the year 2000, tobacco smoking killed around 4.9 million people
worldwide and this number is expected to rise very sharply. By 2030 it
is estimated that smoking would be the cause of one death out of six.
The study regarding the sheesha smoking was conducted and stimulated by a
principal author, Sikandar Sherwani, Federal Urdu University of Arts,
Science and Technology, Karachi. The manuscript was also published in
Indian Journal of Health and Wellbeing, along with other co-authors -
Sadaf Ahmad of Karachi University, Asma Bashir of SZABIST, Haroon Ahmad
of Punjab University, Shamoon Naushad of AEIRC, and Ghaffar Memon of NED
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the current
status of knowledge, level of awareness, attitude and concerning factors
of sheesha smoking among male university students of a major city of
Pakistan. According to the findings, a total number of 400 university
students were included in the study and 170 were found sheesha smokers.
Further analysis of the queries indicated that 38.70 percent sheesha
smoking university students smoke for the sake of removing frustration;
24.10 percent for pleasure; 16.20 percent to gain attention of opposite
gender; 12.90 percent for passing leisure time; and 8.06 percent to
Moreover, 58.80 percent acquired this habit in
their university life, while 23.50 percent adopted from their college
life; and 17.60 percent smokers adopted since their school days.
Regarding medical complications associated with water pipe consumption
47.17 percent of sheesha consuming students were found aware of
respiratory problems; 17.60 percent were aware of heart complications;
35.29 percent of them responded that all of their vital organs - lungs,
kidneys and hearts – were equally at risk if they continued smoking
This survey reflects an increasing trend of sheesha in
young Pakistani students and no doubt, a matter of serious public health
concern that would definitely be injurious to their health. app
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