According to the Alcohol & Drug Information Centre (ADIC), 55 deaths occur daily in Sri Lanka due to smoking.
The Centre said that 20,000 premature deaths also occur due to the use of cigarettes per year.
Sri Lankans spend Rs.400 million rupees on cigarettes daily.
A survey conducted by the ADIC said that the majority of smokers in Sri Lanka are people from low-income families.
Meanwhile, Dr. Wathsala Gunasinghe, an expert in respiratory diseases, said that more children and youth are addicted to e-cigarettes causing many health complications.
She said this at a news briefing held at the Health Promotion Bureau in view of World No-Tobacco Day yesterday (31).