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19 July 2017 08:12 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Using tobacco and arecanut in betel quids apart from smokeless Tobacco Products and mixtures that contain tobacco would be banned from today, Centre for Research in oral cancer Director Prof W.M. Tilakaratne said yesterday.

While addressing media at the Government Information Centre yesterday Prof. Tilakaratne said a gazette notification had been issued on September 1, 2016 in this regard and according to its update manufacturing all smokeless tobacco products, selling, keeping in possession and import would totally be prohibited.

“This law will be implemented further to banning tobacco products such as Babul, Pampara, Bita and etc in the country.

It was reported that the incidence of oral cancer among tobacco and arecanut chewers is five-fold compared to non-users of them. They are the major causes of oral disease, other systemic conditions, disability and death, according to reports.

“Arecanuts had been certified as the main cause to oral cancer by the reports prepared by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Therefore a Bill was passed in Parliament under which, the gazette notifications have been issued,” Prof Tilakaratne said.

The Health Minister has also issued regulations prohibiting the manufacture, importation, and sale of e-cigarettes containing tobacco, and cigarettes that are flavoured, coloured, or sweetened under this law, the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act, in 2016. (Chaturanga Pradeep)


  Comments - 11

  • yahiya Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:28 AM

    This is need from political leadership. Correct things must do correct time without fear.

    mnsmart Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:42 AM

    is this applicable to "Bulath Vita" too?

    Anusha Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:48 AM

    This is great. we need more strict laws like this.

    ANTON Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:01 AM


    citizen Wednesday, 19 July 2017 12:42 PM

    Ban spitting after filthy betel chewing. Totally ban use of filthy spittoons which other humans have to wash

    Royce Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:30 AM

    The prices Just skyrocketed ! haha

    lee Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:38 AM

    Eminent scientists such as Prof Thilakratna should be at the forefront of all policy decisions in countries like ours. Ofcourse their recommendations should be unhindered by politics. Garbage problem, kidney disease problem, drug problem would have been solved much earlier if this was followed.

    sobers Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:59 AM

    Very good move. Not only it is harmful also chewing and spitting in public areas has become a disgrace. In front of the Touriss it seems primitive.

    Dushan Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:59 AM

    What about cigarettes and alcool

    sathees Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:06 PM

    Those can't be touched. s you know Gov needs the tax money

    sathees Wednesday, 19 July 2017 03:09 PM

    How do you enforce such a law?

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