Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said that in order to find new sources of income, permission was granted for the import of cigarettes from foreign countries including China.
The Minister made this remark at a media briefing held at the Ministry yesterday.
Consultant doctors’ point out that with this decision of the Minister, the country will fall into a pit.
Summoning a special media briefing in Colombo yesterday they said that they are strongly opposed to this decision of the Finance Minister.
Senior Lecturer of the Rajarata University Dr. Manoj Fernando was also present at this media briefing.