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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

The Article 16 of the FCTC is to be implemented in Sri Lanka

By Manjari Peiris
Colombo, 11 March, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka is to ban sale of single cigarette and mini packs (packets less than 20 cigarettes) very soon, states the Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

"We have won the fight against the use of tobacco and smoking, but we have a long way to go to fully eliminate smoking in the country," said Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

This regulation is to be implemented in compliance of Article 16 of the WHO- Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Sri Lanka is a Party to the FCTC.

The objective of implementing this regulation is to minimize tobacco consumption, especially among the youth and people.

According to the Article 16 of the FCTC, there should be a ban of mini packs (less than 20 cigarettes), so that the tobacco companies may not evade the law.

Similarly the cigarette vendors too will have to be licensed so that they cannot discreetly evade the law.

This proposal was initially made by the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) to the President Maithripala Sirisena, several months ago. Along with this proposal, the GMOA submitted a written request to the President, 10 tobacco control proposals.

If a country, especially Sri Lanka, to achieve the full results of implementation of the regulation of Pictorial Health Warnings - Article 11 of the FCTC or the Plain Packaging regulation, it should first implement Article 16, as when people purchase cigarettes in loose form, the pictures do not reach the customers.

Implementation of all these Articles of the FCTC is meant for improving the health of the people of a country.

We pay our respect to the GMOA for enabling this task.

- Asian Tribune -

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne
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