Quit tobacco hotline operational
The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) said the current
smoking prevalence is 39 percent among males and 2.6 percent among
females in Sri Lanka. Chewing tobacco is more common among women than
smoking, according to NATA.
"The number of deaths reported due to smoking is higher than deaths
caused by Alcohol, AIDS, motor traffic accidents, arson, murder, suicide
and dangerous drugs, said NATA Chairman Professor Carlo Fonseka.
According to statistics smoking kills 50 to 60 people daily and
15,000-20,000 persons annually in Sri Lanka.
The NATA Special Operation Centre was set up in the Regional Health
Services Department, Anuradhapura. The hot line 1948 is open to the
general public to obtain guidance and directions to stop the use of
tobacco and alcohol.
District Tobacco Control Cells were established under the NATA as a
part of the ongoing program on tobacco and alcohol control under the
Government's Mathata Thitha program.