The legislation which makes it compulsory to carry pictorial warnings covering 80 per cent of cigarette packs was passed in Parliament without a vote today.
According to the Bill, any person who contravenes the provisions is liable to either a one year imprisonment or a fine of Rs. 50,000 or both.
The manufacturers and importers of existing stocks of tobacco products will be granted a grace period up to June 1, 2015 to comply with the provisions of the amended Clause 34 A of the Act.
Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne who moved the Bill said arrangements would be made in the future to display pictorial warnings in places where cigarettes are sold. (Yohan Perera and Kelum Bandara)
Comments - 20
SB Saturday, 21 February 2015 08:11 AM
It has only a limited effect ! a good thing nevertheless.
saman Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:23 PM
Good Move from Yahapala
lawry Saturday, 21 February 2015 05:07 PM
MORE THAN HALF THE SMOKING POPULATION IN SRI LANKA DOES NOT BUY CIGARETTES BY THE PACKET. SO THEY WILL NOT EVEN SEE THE WARNING EVERY TIME THEY REACH OUT FOR A CIGARETTE. ANOTHER SOLUTION SHOULD BE FOUND TOO.
Desmond Jeromme Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:51 PM
Special thanks to our Hon. President Sirisena for achieving his mark.
Horri Jimonis Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:52 PM
All the credit should go to MS. Thank you Sir.
Bubble Banda Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:53 PM
Hon. President you have fulfilled all the promises as at now, except one - Arresting all the UPFA culprits, criminals
Horri Jimonis Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:55 PM
With this Health Warning, we presume that smokers in SriLanka will be reduced to 10%. Thanks to Hon. MS.
J Palitha Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:56 PM
Now the smokers can save some money and save their lives too.
Sani Friday, 20 February 2015 11:23 PM
Who will care really This doesnt work out. Smokers are not babies below 8years old. via DM Android App
shek Friday, 20 February 2015 11:27 PM
does this really have an impact on smokers via DM Android App
Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:58 PM
Very good move indeed. Hope people will not shift into Liqiour instead of Cigarettes.
Desmond Jeromme Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:59 PM
Our President had set an example to other nations too involved in smoking.
Jayantha Saturday, 21 February 2015 09:43 AM
Good move for the benefit of the masses.
Gameweda Saturday, 21 February 2015 01:03 AM
Is this the most important low in health sector? All are waiting for the new drug policy!
Aku Saturday, 21 February 2015 11:05 AM
Hhmmm.... Good move??? They forgot to reduce prices of Ciggs and alcohol which is just NOT fair!!!!
ananda Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:07 PM
Now everything s good. Country will prosper and people stop smoking.
manoj Saturday, 21 February 2015 09:15 PM
This has no effect because no one buys cigrettes as packs..warnings should be on the cigerettes itself
thinker Saturday, 21 February 2015 02:17 PM
This is not for smokers....at least for future generation, highly appreciate.
Rubert Vanderkoon Saturday, 21 February 2015 03:20 PM
What nonsense! We are 30 years behind and still not learning. In the west, this has been operative since 1980s but now they want plain white packaging. Apparently the effect of pictorial warnings is not minute but nil.
Rubert Vanderkoon Saturday, 21 February 2015 03:21 PM
Some 30 years after the other nations did it....
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