The head of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol, Prof. Samathi Rajapaksa has warned that 55 people die from alcohol and 60 people die from tobacco use in Sri Lanka every day.
28 percent of the country’s population consumed alcohol in 2021. Alcohol drinkers are prone to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems, and cancers (breast, mouth, throat, esophagus). As a result, 55 people die every day.
Tobacco kills half of its users. About 60 people die every day from tobacco-related diseases.
Health problems Tobacco causes include cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic bronchitis.
Revenue from tobacco tax in 2016 was Rs. 88.5 billion rupees. Meanwhile, the health expenditure for tobacco-related diseases is 15.3 billion rupees.
Of this amount, taxpayers had to bear Rs 8.3 billion, individuals paid Rs 5.9 billion and health insurance Rs. 1.1 billion rupees, he said.