Minister Basil Rajapaksa has underlined Government’s readiness to expand the programme of alleviating poverty by liberating the people from the scourge of drugs.
Mr. Rajapaksa expressed this view joining in a ceremony organized at the Presidential Secretariat today. It marked the launching of the Samurdhi Flag Week in parallel to the “World No Tobacco Day”. Female triplets pinned on the first Samurdhi flag on the Minister. The funds raised from the sale of Samurdhi flags will be used to build houses for war heroes. The Government’s intention is to channel the money spent by the people on tobacco for a productive task.
The national ceremony on the world “No Tobacco Day” was held this afternoon under the patronage of Minister Maithripala Sirisena. Smoking leads to many diseases such as Cancer and High Blood Pressure. Even many suffer strokes due to smoking. It has been revealed that the life span of a person by the smoking of a cigarette reduces by 11 minutes. Smoking has a great effect on the economy. As such, it was with the purpose of controlling the situation that the President introduced the Tobacco and Alcohol Act in 2007. Several programmes are already effective. A notable feature is the outstanding success that Sri lanka has achieved due to the “Mathata Thitha” concept when many countries are embroiled in a crisis due to smoking and consumption of liquor.