Govt. agrees to reduce size of pictorial  warnings on packets of cigarettes

by Chitra Weerarathne

The Attorney General yesterday told the Court of Appeal that the Minister of Health was agreeable to reduce the size of the pictorial warnings to 70% of the display area of packets of cigarettes. He said warnings occupying 80% of the display areas were a concept of  the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol.

The Ceylon Tobacco Company Pvt. Limited had filed a Writ Application against a recent gazette notification published by the Minister of Health making it mandatory for pictorial warnings to cover 80% of the display areas of packets of tobacco products. The petitioner wanted the Court to reduce the size of the pictorial warnings reasonably.

The Deputy Solicitor General Janak de Silva appeared for the respondent Minister of Health

Faiz Mustapha P.C. appeared with Ali Sabry P.C. Faizar Markar, Manoj Bandara and Mohan Careem instructed by Sudath Perera Associates for the petitioner.

The Bench comprised Justice Anil Gooneratne and Justice Malini Guneratne.

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