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NATA wants smoking banned at cricket matches

President of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) Prof. Carlo Fonseka has written to the President of the Sri Lanka School Cricket Association (SLSCA) with copies to the IGP and the Minister of Education to ensure that spectators do not smoke during the current school cricket match season.

The NATA Act prohibits any person smoking within any enclosed public area and anyone caught in the act would be liable to a fine, imprisonment or both imposed by a court of law.

Asked for comment a spokesman for SLSCA: "We can only dissuade people from smoking within grounds by displaying stickers to this effect at all grounds where school cricket matches are being staged. However, where school boys are concerned strict disciplinary action would be taken since they are banned from smoking anywhere, but we cannot prevent an adult spectator smoking. It is up to the authorities to take action. This law is in force during the last few years,"

President of the SLSCA Asoka Senani Hewage was not available for comment.

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