Sri Lanka to ban public smoking completely

Apr 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka government has planned to bring laws to ban public smoking completely. Accordingly, smoking will be prohibited in public places and working places.

The Chairman of National Tobacco and Alcohol Authority Prof. Carlo Fonseka said that the laws will also make imagery warnings compulsory in packaging of the tobacco products.

The government expects to prevent the harm to the passive smokers through this measure, Prof. Fonseka said.

Sri Lanka is a party to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health.

The government under President Mahinda Rajapaksa has led a successful campaign against tobacco and the use of tobacco products has declined in Sri Lanka in the recent past.

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