ISLAMABAD- The Network of Consumers Protection, organised here on Friday a walk on "Anti tobacco use amongst youth" in collaboration with Coalition for Tobacco Control in Pakistan (CTC-Pak) on the eve of the World No Tobacco Day 2008, at Jinnah Avenue, to bring the issue in limelight and make the people aware of the hazardous effects attached with tobacco use with the focus on health issues. Use of the tobacco was on decline in many countries, told speakers at the walk, but unfortunately, it was on the raise in Pakistan. Tobacco industry spent millions of rupees in preparing marketing strategies for cigarettes and other products to attract youngsters, believing them to be the most vulnerable segment of the society in terms of adopting smoking habit, they maintained. At the end of the walk, the Executive Coordinator of The Network for Consumer Protection, Dr Talib Lashri, appealed media to play its role in promoting awareness about the health hazards of tobacco use. He also requested parents to cautiously take up their responsibility and convey to their children the life threatening hazards of tobacco, which, if once hooked them, they will find themselves in the grip of committing slow suicide. Dr Lashari also said that it was the primary responsibility of the government to protect health of the citizens and urged government to strictly implement Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance 2002 to protect youth from getting addicted to the menace. He also demanded the government to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products in the upcoming budget. Shehzad Alam said that raising taxes was one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use and a complete ban on unauthorized sale and promotion of tobacco products would restrict their marketplace. Col (Retd.) Dr Ashraf Chaudhry recommended that colleges and schools should follow tobacco control initiatives to save the young generation from smoking. Influenced by the dedication of the participants at the walk against tobacco use, a student of Islamabad Medical & Dental College announced quitting smoking. He was smoking since six years. He said that he would also advocate to college fellows to quit smoking and make their college environment smoke free.