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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 - 13:07
GMOA backs graphic warnings on cigarette packs
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The Government Medical Officers Association states that it will back the governments gazette notification which makes it imperative for cigarette manufacturers to display graphic warnings depicting ailments caused by cigarette smoking chiefly oral cancer.

Media Spokesperson of the GMOA Dr. Naveen De Soysa expressing his views to our news team that the initiative taken in this regard was a pronouncement made in the best interest of the public.

Meanwhile the petition filed before the appeals court challenging the gazette notification issued by Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena, which makes it imperative to include pectoral warnings on cigarette packets, was taken up before courts today.

Accordingly it was decided to postpone the hearing of the petition until the 15th of January next year.

Issuing a gazette notification recently Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena made it imperative for cigarette manufacturers to depict pictorial warnings of non-communicable disease caused by smoking on their respective packaging.

This gazette notification was issued in August.

Under the frame work of this gazette notification, cigarette manufacturers will be compelled to display pictorial warnings depicting oral cancer, which covers 80% the packaging.

Meanwhile Minister of Health Maithreepala Sirisena making a public statement recently asserted that he would not submit to the threats of multinational companies especially in keeping with the best interests of the public. 

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