Smoking: Pictorial warnings gazette presented to parliament



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By Saman Indrajith


Leader of the House and Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, on behalf of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, presented a special gazette notice on the implementation of the regulations pertaining to printing pictorial warnings on packets of cigarettes.


These regulations were presented under the provisions of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act.


According to the gazette notification the pictorial warnings should be printed on "the top surface area of both front and back of every cigarette packet, package or carton containing cigarettes and shall cover an area of not less than eighty percentum (80%) of the top surface area of both front and rear sides of every cigarette packet, package or a carton."


"No packet, package, carton or label of any tobacco product shall contain any message which is false, misleading or deceptive concerning the effects or hazards on health from the use of any tobacco product from any emission arising out of the use of any tobacco product."No packet, package, carton or label of any tobacco product which is distributed, sold or offered for sale shall contain any term, description, trade mark or any other sign that directly or indirectly creates or is likely to create, by the use of words such as "low", "light", "ultra", "mild" or "extra" and impression that the tobacco product sold in such packet, package or carton is less harmful than any other tobacco product which is distributed, sold or offered for sale, the regulation said.


It said: "No manufacturer, importer, retailer, storekeeper, agent or seller of any cigarette packet, package or carton containing cigarettes, shall produce, supply, distribute, sell or offer for sale any such packet, package or carton unless every packet, package, or carton containing cigarettes which is distributed, sold or offered for sale carries the specified health warning as depicted in the schedule to these regulations."  The schedule has four health warnings of eight types containing the messages of ‘Smoking makes children ill,’ ‘Smoking causes heart diseases,’ ‘Smoking causes cancer’ and ‘Smoking causes sexual impotence.’


The regulations says that every health warning on packet, package, carton or label of cigarette product shall be printed thereon in font size which is not less than ten (10) and shall be in all three languages. These health warnings should not be concealed by any other marks or pictures and should be printed on either a black background in white or on a white background in black letters.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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