Pictorial health warnings will be enforced from July 11 - DSG

By Chitra Weerarathne

Deputy Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam yesterday told the Supreme Court that the State would not enforce till July 11, the gazette regulations stipulating that cigarette packets contain pictorial warnings covering 60% of their display areas. Earlier, it was decreed that the new regulations take effect from July 1, 2014.

The Ceylon Tobacco Company has filed a fundamental rights violation application complaining that already there are 75 million cigarette sticks in the market valued at Rs. 1.9 billion. Unless sufficient time is given, the dealers could not market them. The court of Appeal in a judgment dated May 27, 2014, ordered that 50-60 percent of the display areas of cigarette packets be covered with health warnings.

The Supreme Court yesterday said that the fundamental rights violation application would be next called on July 11, 2014.

Faiz Mustapha PC appeared with Ali Sabry P.C., Faizar Marker and Manoj Bandara for the CTC.

The Bench comprised Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, Justice Sisira de Abrew and Justice Shantha Jayewardene.


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