Ban selling cigarettes: Doctors

26 March 2020 11:55 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


With the World Health Organization (WHO) pointing out the link between corona deaths and tobacco, the medical officers and academics here are urging the government to ban the sale of cigarettes in view of the epidemic.

The Daily Mirror learns that several medical organizations have already conveyed this to government authorities.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Department of Health Promotion of the Rajarata University told Daily Mirror that ban on cigarette sales should have been imposed weeks ago. “It’s still better late than never” he said. Rajarata University is the only South Asian university to teach Health Promotion and annually a large number of overseas students from Europe and Asian countries join as interns.

  Comments - 4

  • lasanatha weerasinghe Friday, 27 March 2020 09:15 AM

    those addicted to cigarettes and the industry may say negative things against a ban. Mr President please ignore those groups and please go ahead with the ban

    asiri de silva Friday, 27 March 2020 09:16 AM

    Very good decision. Let the doctors and not the smokers decide on this. Only the depressed smoke. Lanka lover

    Enoka ranaweera Friday, 27 March 2020 09:28 AM

    some people just can't give up addiction. Good time to discipline them. Govt spends billions to treat their illnesses at hospitals. Ban cigarettes here forever.

    brainmaster Friday, 27 March 2020 10:25 AM

    Alcohol causes certainly more healthproblems and social problems, ban it too.

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