Sri Lanka has been selected to receive dedicated international support through the United Nations to take action to reduce tobacco use.
Tobacco use is extremely harmful for health and is one of the world’s leading causes of premature death. Tobacco use is a cause of many life-threatening diseases including cancer, heart and lung diseases.
Tobacco can also present a significant barrier to national development, as it causes significant economic and environmental impacts. Tobacco control will contribute to Sri Lanka’s efforts to achieve the 2030 sustainable development agenda, the British High Commission said in a statement.
The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the world’s only health treaty, and is dedicated to ending the global tobacco epidemic. The WHO FCTC is a comprehensive blueprint for governments to stop tobacco use in their countries, and 181 countries have ratified the treaty. In November 2003, Sri Lanka became the fourth country in the world to ratify the WHO FCTC.