The Ministry of Health has taken steps to introduce a new tax policy on cigarettes.
Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella said steps will be taken to submit a Cabinet Paper in the near future.
A discussion was held yesterday together with officials of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol.
Minister Rambukwella said the implementation of a new tax policy will reduce the use of cigarettes.
The Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol said the draft of the tax policy has been compiled.
Discussions have been held to implement the new policy by studying the tax policies of other countries.
The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act No.27 of 2006 is also due to be amended to suit the present.
Accordingly, it is expected to bring in strict regulations including the retail sale of cigarettes and smoking in public places.
Meanwhile, the Authority handed over the report on public views on tobacco and alcohol use to Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.
Furthermore, updating the pictorial warnings on cigarette packets was also discussed.
The Minister instructed the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol to formulate a programme to reduce the use of tobacco and alcohol.