CTC responds to bribery allegations

Pictorial health warnings on Cigarette packs



Referring to two news items in The Island––Laws to curtail president’s power in parliament on April 20 on Feb. 04 and Mafia will be prosecuted if evidence is produced – govt. on Feb. 06––the Ceylon Tobacco Company issued the following statement:


"The first mentioned news item refers to a statement allegedly made by Rajitha Senaratne, the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine and Cabinet Spokesperson: "It has been found that the tobacco industry had offered Rs. 1 billion to the previous government to stall action to print pictorial health warnings on 80 percent of the display areas of cigarette packets" whilst the other news article refers to a statement allegedly made by the Hon. Minister that "if evidence was furnished with regard to the allegation that tobacco companies had paid the Rajapaksa regime Rs. 3 billion in an attempt to downsize the pictorial health warnings on cigarette packets, legal action would be instituted".


CTC is the only legal cigarette manufacturer operating in the country and accordingly the only company affected by the Regulations which introduced pictorial health warnings on cigarette packets. Therefore the use of the words "tobacco industry" and/or "tobacco companies" would be construed as a reference to CTC by anyone who reads these articles.


CTC legally challenged the Tobacco Products (Labeling and Packaging) Regulations published by the former Minister of Health to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests. As a responsible corporate that has operated in Sri Lanka for over 100 years, CTC has never engaged in bribery as allegedly stated by the incumbent Minister or in any other form or any other illegal or unethical activities which compromise the highest standards of business ethics and conduct it is committed to uphold.


CTC categorically denies any direct or indirect involvement or association in the alleged actions referred to in your newspaper or other media, by the company, any of its employees or any other person acting on behalf of CTC.


CTC reiterates that as a responsible corporate citizen, it has been and will always continue to be compliant with all existing laws and regulations in the country.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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