Friday, 11 July 2014 - 14:42
60% pictorial warning on a cigarette packet made compulsory
The Supreme Court ordered the Ceylon Tobacco Company today to print pictorial warnings covering 60% of a cigarette packet as of January 1st next year.
The verdict was given after the Fundamental Rights petition filed by the Ceylon Tobacco Company against the pictorial warnings on cigarette packets.
The case was taken before a three member bench of Supreme Court judges comprising of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Justice Rohini Marasinghe and Justice Sisira J. De Abrew today.
Earlier, the Health Ministry issued a gazette notification asking tobacco companies to cover 80% of the outer surface of cigarette packets with pictorial warnings.
Later the tobacco company filed a petition at the Appeal Court and the Appeal Court ordered on the 12th of May that pictorial warnings should cover only 60% of cigarette packets.
In addition to the Ceylon Tobacco Company, the Cigarette Distributing Association also filed a fundamental case at the Supreme Court.
When the petition was taken for hearing today, Cigarette Distributors agreed to sell off their old stocks without pictorial warnings before February next year.