No ban on sin­gle stick cig­a­rettes sale

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY DAYASEELI LIYANAGE

It would cause re­duc­tion in tax rev­enue and peo­ple will take to the smok­ing of beedi in­stead

The move pre­sented to the Cabi­net by Min­is­ter Ra­jitha Se­naratne ban­ning cig­a­rettes sales in sin­gle sticks has not re­ceived Cabi­net ap­proval.

Min­is­ter Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera ex­press­ing his views in con­trast to the pro­posed ban said it would cause re­duc­tion in tax rev­enue and peo­ple will take to the smok­ing of beedi in­stead.

Those who have de­vel­oped a ten­dency to the flavour of nico­tine con­tained in cig­a­rettes would not turn to smok­ing beedi, Min­is­ter Ra­jitha Se­narathna said op­pos­ing views of Min­is­ter Sa­ma­raweera and said tax rev­enue col­lected on sale of cig­a­rettes has al­ready in­creased to Rs. 29.000 mil­lion in 2018 from Rs.23,000 mil­lion earned in 2017.

How­ever Ministers Raveen­dra Sa­ma­raweera, Kabir Hashim and Harin Fer­nando had also spoke of prob­a­ble dif­fi­cul­ties that would have to be con­fronted on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ban on sale of cig­a­rettes in sin­gle.

Min­is­ter Sa­ma­raweera has asked for two weeks to study the rel­e­vant controvers­ial mat­ter.

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