Increase tax on Salt, sugar, c’nut oil to limit intake: Rajitha

2015-09-29 10:57:27

Taxes on salt, sugar and coconut oil should be increased to limit their consumption because they are known to cause heart ailments, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today.

Addressing a Ceremony held at BMICH to mark World Heart Day, he said he hoped to discuss this matter with the Finance Ministry.  

He said not only should the taxes on tobacco be increased, but the taxes on salt, sugar and coconut oil should also be increased.

“Healthy diet is essential for a healthy heart. We Sri Lankans are used to food that tastes good. Foreigners introduced sugar, salt and oil to us and now they are suggesting that these are not good for our health,” he said.

  Comments - 17

  • CitizenPerera Tuesday, 29 September 2015 17:51

    New research studies show coconut oil is not as bad as thought. May be the coconut oil we get down is low quality. After all, we import what other countries throw into their garbage.

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    Idi Otlanka Tuesday, 29 September 2015 18:18

    Ah, yes. Right. Makes sense. Thank you Mr. Minister

    Reply : 52       11

    Dr.Raghavan Pathmanathan Tuesday, 29 September 2015 18:18

    The honorable minister should be aware about the fact that the rich food is consumed by the wealthy ones .We better educate the people about the ill effects of surplus consumption than increasing the taxes (It is understood that any thing excess will create ill effects) .The later one will have negative impact on the lower

    Reply : 2       105

    RAM SL Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:59

    At last he has proved that he is still a Dentist!!!

    Reply : 0       79

    simon Wednesday, 30 September 2015 03:52

    What about the fast food ??

    Reply : 0       25

    saman Wednesday, 30 September 2015 04:14

    This is what happens when a dentist thinks he is a cardiologist!

    Reply : 3       82

    Christopher Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:29

    Absolutely correct. The minister seems to be having some serious brain sickness. Its sad that we have ministers of such caliber.

    Reply : 0       4

    LalithWijeweera Wednesday, 30 September 2015 04:25


    Reply : 2       23

    Waco Wednesday, 30 September 2015 04:31

    This is not 100% correct. Motive is to collect funds required to pay the extra Ministers appointed by the government.

    Reply : 1       52

    Premalal Wednesday, 30 September 2015 05:56

    Coconut oil is supposed to contain monounsaturated fats which are beneficial. Please clarify.

    Reply : 3       45

    Cobra Wednesday, 30 September 2015 06:06

    Why not ban these items altogether and give us a break wise guy??????

    Reply : 1       22

    Shiva Wednesday, 30 September 2015 06:08

    Ok Minister, please increase the import tax to those items and reduce the price of all the healthy items like fish and all vegetable. Then it makes sense.

    Reply : 0       47

    my tax Wednesday, 30 September 2015 06:20

    very good logic to increase tax. via DM Android App

    Reply : 6       18

    Abdul Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:35

    Before releasing this to media you should have discussed your idea with your colleagues and the authorities related with the subject.

    Reply : 0       18

    I am Sri Lanka Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:58

    Our Health Minster is so concerned about our health. Thank you sir.

    Reply : 1       1

    sarath Wednesday, 30 September 2015 19:48

    It is like " Atisarayata Amuda gahanawa wagei"

    Reply : 0       1

    vijih Thursday, 1 October 2015 00:14

    He wants to import other oil so he can get commission, which oil did his parents use. any oil is not good if people do not do any exercise. Mada datha dostara,He trying to buy another ship for imports.

    Reply : 0       5

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