The use of smokeless tobacco by children between the ages of 15 and 18, on the rise.

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The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol conducted a survey last July on the use of smokeless tobacco by children between the ages of 15 and 18.

This survey is conducted every three years.

Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol: Professor Palitha Abeykone says, although a decrease in children smoking cigarettes has been observed, many children have got used to consuming smokeless tobacco.

Professor Abeykone also pointed out, in three tele-dramas that are being telecast these days, the Tobacco and Alcohol Act is being breached. Once the media institutions in concern were advised, corrections were done in two of the tele-dramas. He further stated, he has sought the advice of the Attorney General to take legal action against the other tele-drama.

Professor Abeykone added, after the year 2011, television images depicting the use of tobacco and alcohol were completely banned. However, it is observed, certain private and government media institutions air content that violates this regulation

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