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No imports of Chinese cigarettes, says Rajitha

I will not allow anyone to import Chinese cigarettes to Sri Lanka, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne said.

Addressing a ceremony at the Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla yesterday in connection with World No Tobacco Day organized by the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), the Minister said that only 6,000 Chinese workers are in Sri Lanka at present while there are around 10,000 Indian workers in Sri Lanka. In addition, there are workers from Russia, etc. They will also demand cigarettes made in their countries. Importing Chinese cigarettes will be going against rules and regulations imposed to control tobacco according to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Minister Senaratne pointed out that a person connected to the liquor industry is trying his best to import Chinese cigarettes to Sri Lanka. In 2015, this Government was established and it was not to import Chinese cigarettes. Annually, around 20,000 Sri Lankans die from tobacco related illnesses. Of this number, 10 percent die due to smoking.

“A total of 40 percent of the income of poor people in Sri Lanka is spent on smoking. Youths start smoking from the age of 20 and there are around 7,000 unhealthy dangerous chemicals inside one cigarette. There are around 700 carcinogens in them. One death is reported every fours from around the world due to smoking and smoking one cigarette shortens human life by 11 minutes,” Minister Senaratne said. “Cultivating tobacco in Sri Lanka will be completely banned by 2020, the Minister added. 

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No imports of Chinese cigarettes, says Rajitha (11:35)

I will not let anyone to import Chinese cigarettes to Sri Lanka and if that happens, sitting in the Cabinet will be problematic for me, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

Addressing a ceremony held at the Waters Edge Hotel at Battaramulla in connection with the World No Tobacco Day organized by the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) he said that only 6000 Chinese workers are in Sri Lanka at the moment and there are around 10,000 Indian workers in Sri Lanka.


 

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