IPS Holds Workshop on Strengthening Tobacco Control Policies
06 November 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Although smoking prevalence rates in Sri Lanka have reduced, tobacco use is high among certain population groups. 29.4% of males still smoke and prevalence rates are especially high among 40+ year old males, those in poorer households, non-schooling youth (15-24-year-old boys), and in the districts of Nuwara Eliya, Vavunia, Mullitivu, Mannar, and Kilinochchi. As such, more focused policies are needed to reduce tobacco use amongst these groups.
These views were expressed at the tobacco-control workshop organised by the IPS, led by its Director of Research, Nisha Arunatilake, on 06 November 2019. Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) and Center for Combatting Tobacco (CCT) were partners at the event. The workshop aimed to share IPS’ recent research on tobacco control policies with lobby groups and community-based organisations, ahead of the 2019 presidential elections.
The workshop highlighted issues such as the need for stronger tobacco control policies, stopping the informal methods of tobacco promotion, tackling misinformation spread by the tobacco industry, tobacco tax and policies, and the health and social costs of tobacco.