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Monday, June 01, 2015 - 06.07 GMT

Broad people’s movement against tobacco a priority - President

 

“One of the most important priorities of everyone today is to create a broad people’s movement against consumption of tobacco, which is being spread, causing immense harm to the young generation in the world”, said President Maithripala Sirisena.

The theme for the world tobacco day 2015; ‘Stop Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products’ is most timely and appropriate as it can make people aware of the danger they are facing, the President further said.

Following is the full text of the message:

I am pleased to send this message on the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day’ declared by the World Health Organization.

One of the most important priorities of everyone today is to create a broad people’s movement against consumption of tobacco which is being spread causing immense harm to the young generation in the world.

The theme for the world tobacco day 2015; ‘Stop Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products’ is most timely and appropriate as it can make people aware of the danger they are facing.

It is a matter of regret that majority of tobacco consumers are living in low and middle income countries, according the latest surveys. The vast majority of victims of this hazard belong to low income families. It is no secret that the illicit trade in tobacco products causes death as well as fatal illnesses.

With proper awareness of this danger, Sri Lanka, in recent years took stern measures to curtail consumption of tobacco. New laws and legislations will be enforced to further improve this exercise.

I wish to emphasize that every actions will be taken to limit tobacco consumption with board participation of state institutions. As a pioneer of this movement against tobacco, I express my gratitude to all those who assisted in strict implementation of laws against the tobacco use in Sri Lanka with commitment and dedication.




 

 
 
   
   
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