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Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera is reported to have informed the Cabinet today that he would stop the import of cigarettes from China for Chinese working and residing in Sri Lanka.

Earlier, he had told the Cabinet that the Chinese in Sri Lanka were not used to local brands of cigarettes and therefore would allow the import of a quota of Chinese cigarettes for their use.

The minister's statement had drawn flak from several quarters with Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne openly criticising the move and the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) voicing its opposition to such cigarette imports. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 5

  • Sando Tuesday, 02 July 2019 05:13 PM

    Import Cuban Cigars. Even Dr. might like it.

    SL Tuesday, 02 July 2019 06:16 PM

    90% OF MPs in the parliament own liquor bars across the country.And they do smuggle drugs.This is the Mafia state of this parliament.That's why they do not want to hang drug dealers letting Students,Teens at life threatening risk !

    Kishan Tuesday, 02 July 2019 07:01 PM

    true, too many chinese fags in Kollupitya.

    Sudda Tuesday, 02 July 2019 08:41 PM

    Sri lanka will always be the same..no hope

    Leelananda Pilanawithana Tuesday, 02 July 2019 08:52 PM

    Mr. Minister you taking this decision due to presser from others or after you has realised that your early decision is wrong?


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