Colombo, Aug 23.- Over 100 towns across Sri Lanka have stopped selling cigarettes after a campaign launched in the country to educate people on the harmful effects of smoking.
The Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) informed the Minister of Health of the country, Rajitha Senaratne, about 107 Sri Lankan cities do not sell cigarettes.
A spokesperson for that entity said that Sri Lanka had launched several programs to educate people on the harmful effects of smoking and, as a result, shop owners and entrepreneurs in many towns had stopped selling cigarettes.
Minister Senaratne has expressed optimism for increasing the number of cities which do not trade cigarettes to 200 next year.
Several steps have been taken under the leadership of Minister Senaratne over the past three years to discourage smoking in the country.
Some of these steps include increasing the tax on tobacco up to 90 percent, increasing the pictorial warning on the cigarette pack by 80 percent , banning the sale of cigarettes around a radius of 100 meters from a school and banning smoking in public places. (Prensa Latina)