While arguments and counter-arguments continue on the recent Court of Appeal judgment on the percentage of pictorial warnings on cigarette packets, a group of medical officers, together with villagers have been silently conducting awareness programs to change the mindset of people with regard to tobacco.
This probably is the first program of its kind in Sri Lanka where officials, villagers and community leaders got together to make a change while being with the people. A team of medical officers in several parts of the Moneragala District have got together with villagers, community leaders and religious leaders to change the people’s attitude towards tobacco and cigarettes.
This awareness program has been conducted over the past one and a half years in several areas including Buttala, Maharagama and Wellawaya Pradeshiya Sabha Divisions. During the initial stages, the awareness campaign did not target tobacco usage or smoking. Continue reading →