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COLOMBO (Daily Mirror) - The sale of three types of flavored cigarette products distributed by Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) has been stopped with immediate effect.

Accordingly, the sale of Dunhill Switch, Dunhill Double Capsule and John Player Gold Pro Cool cigarettes has been stopped. 

This step has been taken since November 17.

A case was filed by the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) in Matara, Colombo and Anuradhapura on September 1, 2016 in terms of the Gazette notification of 1982 (33).

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reported that the CTC has informed its retail dealers to immediately stop the sale of these cigarettes and to remove these cigarette packets if they are displayed to the customers in shops.

According to the NATA Act, regulations were introduced by former Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne under Section 30 read with Section 33 of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act, No. 27 of 2006. According to the gazette, smokeless tobacco products or mixtures that contain tobacco any flavored, coloured or sweetened cigarette that contains tobacco or any electronic cigarette that contains tobacco is prohibited.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said yesterday in Parliament that the Court of Appeal had delivered its verdict on the cases filed by the NATA regarding the suspension of the sale and distribution of the said flavored tobacco items.

He claimed that the verdict had been delivered orally and that it had not been uploaded to its website.

Therefore, he urged the Justice Minister to look into the matter.

Premadasa said the CTC had also filed a case against the NATA before the Court of Appeal.


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  • MP Wednesday, 22 November 2023 07:01 AM

    WELL DONE NATA! CONGRATULATIONS CHAIRMAN NATA FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND FOR TAKING PROMPT ACTION.

    Ulysses Dorotheo Wednesday, 22 November 2023 11:29 AM

    Excellent news! Good job, NATA. All countries should ban flavored tobacco products, as these are used by the tobacco industry to attract youths and get them addicted to nicotine.

    Manfred Neuberger Wednesday, 22 November 2023 02:16 PM

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka and NATA, giving other countries an example of how to enforce legislation for protection of youth against Big Tobacco!

    H.A.Sky Wednesday, 22 November 2023 03:35 PM

    That's great News. Congratulations NATA! Still more to Ban and get our Country Free from these Stupid and Unnecessary Addictions.

    Sriomal de Silva Tuesday, 28 November 2023 10:03 AM

    As usual, non-smokers are the first to comment. The main point here is not smoking or banning smoking altogether. People are free to smoke and the regulators must also be looking into the consumer wellbeing side of it as with any other consumable product. This ban seems to be in the interest of smokers and their wellbeing. It is also not about flavours, because the ban is on three Menthol inclusive products. What specifically has been the issue with Menthol in cigarettes? This is concerning an issue with Menthol and the question is if Menthol has caused or accelerated specific health problems. Can anyone shed light on such issue. Is there a specific issue with Menthol and is this being covered up by citing flavours. All three suspended are Menthol based and is that coincidental?

    Nimesh Sahabandhu Friday, 01 December 2023 12:44 PM

    There is a large smoking community in Sri Lanka and we must be given the choices available in other countries as well.


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