Sri Lanka bans public smoking, alcohol, tobacco advertising
By Our Colombo Correspondent
Colombo, 06 July, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday passed a stringent anti- tobacco and alcohol Bill and slapped a total ban on public smoking and advertising on alcohol and tobacco related products.
The bill was widely believed to have a drastic impact on alcohol and tobacco industry in the country. But an amendment added to the Bill today - on the instruction of Supreme Court judicial review- further tightened the screw on alcohol industry when it brought under new regulations all the beverages which have over one percent of alcohol content.
The original version of the Bill set the limit at 4.5 per cent, showing a liberal attitude towards beer industry.
The Bill titled National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol provides for the establishment of a special authority for the purpose of identifying the policy on protecting public health and for the elimination of tobacco and alcohol related health hazard.
The bill bans public smoking and any one who contravenes to the provision would face a fine of not exceeding 2000 rupees or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both fine and imprisonment.
The bill bans selling tobacco or alcohol to any one under 21 years of age and prohibits installation or operation of automatic vending machine that dispenses any tobacco or alcohol related products.
The bill set out a total ban on alcohol and tobacco advertisement in media or on billboards as well as free distribution of tobacco or alcohol related products by the manufacture or the distributor as means of promotion.
- Asian Tribune -