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Govt. to ban selling of cigarettes separately

2016-11-23 10:52:40
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The government will soon ban the selling of cigarettes separately, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday during a meeting held with Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA).

Accordingly, if the government imposes the ban, cigarettes will be sold only as packets.

He has made this assurance after ten proposals prepared by the GMOA according to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to eradicate the cigarette menace was handed over to the minister during the meeting.

 


  Comments - 28

  • BV Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:04

    ITS A VERY GOOD MOVE.SELL IT IN PACKETS SO THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE COULD AFFORD IT. via DM Android App

    Reply : 11       81

    Madiya Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:47

    Yes, let them perish.

    Reply : 4       34

    Bala Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:25

    Simple to avoid - the cig co will put out 5 packs or even 2 packs in thin foil. There is a way always to heaven or hell.

    Reply : 2       52

    Glazier Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:49

    minimum number of cigs per packet can also be enforced by the govt.

    Reply : 0       31

    Madiya Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:46

    Many years ago Singapore was called a "Fine Country" . Now Sri Lanka can be called a "Fine Ban" country. Cheers!

    Reply : 49       12

    Non-smoker Wednesday, 23 November 2016 11:52

    Not separately say selling loose via DM Android App

    Reply : 2       22

    Mandy Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:34

    What is loose - if it is packed separately like toffees and ends sealed airtight.

    Reply : 1       12

    Reviewcric Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:07

    Now can you ban MPs vehicle permits as well?

    Reply : 1       92

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:54

    Yes, that is a dam crime. Why can't they use Maruthi-800, that is more than enough.

    Reply : 1       31

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:28

    Good moveIf you want to smoke , buy a packet and smoke and finish it off

    Reply : 1       15

    Sincere Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:14

    Not just one, but in dozens?

    Reply : 0       11

    ANTON Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:30

    GOOD JOB FOR JOBLESS PEOPLE, BUYING PACKETS AND SELLING LOOSE FOR HIGHER PRIZES.

    Reply : 6       33

    DHA Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:33

    Good move but only problem is if this legislation is not monitored properly only black marketers will flourish....

    Reply : 0       22

    RD Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:42

    Good move but this would reduce the government revenue and may lead to another VAT increase.

    Reply : 1       15

    Kadupol Jothywansa Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:43

    You all are playing games after getting our votes. Enough ... its enough.

    Reply : 6       20

    Sincere Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:13

    First you have to be among the living for them to get their vote! Smoking kills!

    Reply : 8       7

    Taxpayer Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:07

    Stupidity. How you monitor thousands of small shops in Sri Lanka whether they are following the rule or not.Our policy makers think how policies will look on paper. They are never worries about execution.

    Reply : 4       21

    hello Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:23

    Chewing of betel will strongly increase, an other health hazard.

    Reply : 2       21

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:57

    Why not Beedi and Kalu Cigar...?

    Reply : 0       9

    BR Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:27

    NO ENCOURAGEMENT FOR SMOKERS IN SRI LANKA PLEASE. via DM Android App

    Reply : 3       5

    juna Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:58

    Cigarette consumption will go down, while beedi and illegal cigarettes will increase.Government will lose lot of revenue (CTC accounts for 8% of government rev), and people will get more sick due to substandard products.Harsh restrictions will only result in black market.

    Reply : 1       23

    Chandrarathna Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:54

    I wish this decision but I have a question , sailers do it properly.

    Reply : 0       6

    Dr. Nick Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:55

    Another stupid proposal by the GMOA Jokers. Obviously Two or more individuals can get together and purchase a packet of cigarettes via DM Android App

    Reply : 3       10

    Amila Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:39

    That's a good move, rather than just smoking 1-2 cigarettes now, they can smoke 8-10 then :P.

    Reply : 2       2

    German Jacob Wednesday, 23 November 2016 16:59

    How wives will be happy and welcome this move. We welcome this move Sir.

    Reply : 3       5

    rosebud Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:06

    Separately from what via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       2

    Madura Silva Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:28

    We might also need t put a minimum number of cigarettes for a packet, else they might sell in sachet packets ;)

    Reply : 0       2

    Nethra Friday, 25 November 2016 11:24

    Government should fine at least 5,000 to 50,000 Rupeesfor each Cigarette,as for cancer we spend much higher who suffer after cigarette smoking.

    Reply : 1       1

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