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Smoking kills 20,000 in Sri Lanka annually: minister
Publication Date : 20-02-2014
Sri Lankan Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament on Wednesday that smoking killed an average of 20,000 persons a year in Sri Lanka.
Sirisena, commencing the second reading debate on three regulations under the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act on pictorial warnings on cigarette packets, said that over 100 countries in the world printed pictorial warnings on cigarette packets.
Over 20 per cent of beds in the country’s hospitals were occupied by patients suffering from various diseases linked to alcohol and tobacco consumption, he said.
He added that in some countries pictorial warnings took up more than 60 per cent of the space on cigarette packets.