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Cabinet nod to ban sale of tobacco products at state institutions

Cabinet approval has been granted to issue a circular banning the use and sale of all products based on arecanut, tobacco and betel inside state institutions and their premises, a Health Ministry spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, oral cancer is the most common cancer among Sri Lankan men. It it mainly caused due to chewing betel containing arecanut, tobacco and lime. Annually, 2,500 new oral cancer patients are detected in Sri Lanka.

“In 2015, a survey conducted on the risk factors that contribute towards the spread of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) found that 26 percent of males and five percent of females in the 18-65 age group use smokeless tobacco,” he said.

According to the Extraordinary Gazette notification issued on September 1, 2016, the importation, production and sale of all products containing smokeless tobacco is banned. The new circular to be issued will assist department heads to take action against the sale and use of banned products inside state institutions and their premises,” he added.


 

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