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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.

A 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.

In 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 University.

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 release stress.

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 sheesha.

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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