Screening of the documentary movie Merchants of Doubt

An interactive session, with screening of the documentary movie Merchants of Doubt was held on Saturday 15th July 2017 from 9 am – 11 am at Bougainvillea Room, Galadari Hotel Colombo. This was conducted by the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo in collaboration with SLMA Expert committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs as a special symposium parallel to the annual sessions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA). How the scientists and lobbyists lie for money on health issues was explained through the movie. Exposing how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming was discussed by this documentary. CCT director Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya conducted this session followed by a panel discussion with the panellists: Dr. Diyanath Samarasinghe and Dr. Palitha Abeykoon (Chairman, National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol). A large number of medial students, researchers and medical professionals attended this session.