Jul 19, 2017

Ban on all tobacco related products from today!

Sale of smokeless tobacco products, manufacture, import or display of such products have been banned from today (19), said the National Tobacco and Alcohol Authority.

Its Chairman Dr. Palitha Abeykone said, according to the 2006, No 27 Tobacco and Alcohol National Authority Act and a gazette notification issued on September 1, 2016, this ban will be strictly imposed.

Accordingly, Mawa, Babul, Beedi, Hans, Panpara and Gutka and other tobacco related products as well as beetle packs using tobacco will be banned. Further any tobacco related product using sweeteners, colourings etc have also been banned and displaying of such products is also banned.

Over 25 youth with cancer in Matale after Babul consumption

Meanwhile Matale Police HQI Srilal Hettiarachchi said there is a rapid increase in school children getting addicted to babul in the Matale area.

He pointed out that children are increasingly getting addicted to these intoxicants and stimulants of various forms in the area.

He added that so far around 25 school children have been detected with mouth cancer due to the use of babul and warned teachers and parents to be more vigilant.