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One in four local men smokes

One in four Sri Lankan men or 26 percent of local men smoke, statistics show, National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) Chairman Dr. Palitha Abeykoon said.

He was speaking at the launch of the Community Driven Tobacco Surveillance System (CDTSS) organised by the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo University in collaboration with the WHO Country Office in Sri Lanka and NATA, in Colombo yesterday,

He said the percentage of male smokers in Sri Lanka is expected to drop to 10 percent or less in the next few years.

Colombo University Vice Chancellor Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake said the university is smoke and polythene free. Smoking should be recognised as a social crime. The service of the Centre for Combatting Tobacco Director Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya is commendable, because one should have courage to act against the tobacco industry, he said.

WHO Public Health Administrator Dr. Olivia Corazon Nieveras said Sri Lanka has done much to control the use of tobacco and also done much for the advancement of health.

Colombo University Medical Faculty Dean Prof. Jennifer Perera and Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya also spoke.


 

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