Women traders on the mat: Fags sold to the underaged
Two women traders who sold cigarettes to underaged boys were fined
Rs. 8 000 by Chief Magistrate of Kurunegala, Ravindra Thilakaratne.
The accused were A. Gunawathie and Thanuja Weerasinghe of
Malkaduwawa, Kurunegala. Both pleaded guilty.
"About 8,000 persons have died of smoking during the past eight years
in both Kurunegala and Puttalam districts and hence the Department of
Health Services has intensified its programs of educating the school
community, on the evil consequences of smoking. Over 450 awareness
programs would be conducted this year in government schools in the NWP,"
said Manjula Abeywickrama, PHI of Bamunawala who conducted the raid
employing a decoy to arrest the suspects.