ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will conduct an adult tobacco survey, as part of a global research spearheaded by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US.
The cabinet of ministers had given approval to a proposal for Sri Lanka’s Department of Census and Statistics to conduct the survey.
The CDC will give a grant of 217,000 US dollars to support the 2019/2020 global survey.
Sri Lanka has seen a long term decline in tobacco use and legal cigarette use.
But due to high taxes there has been a shift at some income levels to alternatives such as beedi. While the production of legal cigarettes are known.
Police and the Navy is also arresting cannabis smuggling from India’s Kerala region from time to time. (Colombo/Nov03/2019)