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Pictorial warning rule to be extended to cigars, beedis

 cigars, beedis
The government would make it mandatory for beedi and cigar manufactures to display pictorial warnings on the packets of their product as in the case of cigarettes, Director General Health Services Dr Palitha Mahipala said.

The pictorial warnings had been introduced to discourage the public from smoking and to save the youth, Dr. Maheepala said.

The government introduced new taxes on beedi in September this year. The Cabinet of Ministers decided to increase the Cess imposed on Beedi leaves from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3,000 a kilo.