Over two million Sri Lankans are presently suffering from asthma.
They comprise 25 percent of children and 10 per cent of adults. Asthma has increased in Sri Lanka by 50 per cent during the last 10 years.
Addressing a special seminar at the Health Education Bureau to mark World No Tobacco Day specialist doctors said asthma is the third highest killer in Sri Lanka.
The national income receives 12% of its taxes from the sale of cigarettes.
The government spends 22% of its funds on treating those who fall ill due to smoking
The Ministry of Health states that this is a reason for the changes being made to the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Act by introducing new laws.