According to Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa, Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol (NATA), a decision has been made to increase the minimum age for the sale, purchase, and promotion of tobacco.
The amendment to the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act passed in 2006 will see the minimum age increase from 21 years to 24 years.
The chairman also noted that they had removed all tobacco promoting advertisements circulating on social media. Furthermore, he stated that NATA hopes to prohibit cross-border advertising of tobacco products as well.
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