Smokers up in smoke

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Smokers countrywide are facing a major shortage of cigarettes since yesterday after the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) stopped distributing cigarettes until pictorial health warnings are printed on the packets before releasing them to the market.

The CTC went to Court over the new regulations on pictorial warnings, which were introduced by the Health Ministry. The Court of Appeal refused a stay order on the regulations and the matter is now before the Supreme Court.

Informed sources said the CTC was going ahead with the printing of pictorial health warnings on new packets of cigarettes.

Sources said new packets of Gold Leaf cigarettes would be introduced to the market by March 2 while the new packets of Dunhill cigarettes would be in the market by March 10.( H.F)
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  • Lanka putha Friday, 01 March 2013 12:00 AM

    wats da intention of printing pic msg... if its to educate people and stop ppl from smoking... why dont you ban smoking in our country and change it as One and only Smoke free country... via DM Android App

    Lanka putha Friday, 01 March 2013 12:00 AM

    to be honest vth you.. smokers are da biggest selfish... when its tym to smoke.. they dnt bother who beside them... children.. pregnant woman non smokers etc... i dnt respect smokers... its not only me... via DM Android App

    Trehan Munasinghe Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:05 AM

    good point... !

    Lanke Banda Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:09 AM

    Seems you love lung cancer

    ANTON Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:10 AM

    Why you wanna kiss two people , smoker and nonsmoker

    dunhill Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:40 AM

    Then the one who you kissed doesn't brush teeth twice day : )

    John Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:50 AM

    Tobacco products should be banned. They just cause harm to smokers and non-smokers

    ANTON Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:36 AM

    Pictorial health warning should be printed on vehicles too as they emit poisonous gases.

    dunhill Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:34 AM

    Until March 10? Big matches are in next week.hell nooooo!

    ANTON Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:38 AM

    DUMATA THITHA TILL 2ND OF MARCH.

    weha Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:40 AM

    Who wana smoke will smoke regardless of whats printed on the front of the pack.

    Ranjit Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:44 AM

    Good for the non smokers.

    godofwar Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:53 AM

    the ordinary man buys singles and will never ever see the face of a pack apart from the shop keeper. if you want to cut down on smokers, restrict them to packet sales only! that way they get to see the "big picture".

    manpei Friday, 01 March 2013 01:33 AM

    Actually US smokers pay more in taxes to the government.

    Deep Thinker Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:55 AM

    Then why is the CTC so reluctant to put this image!

    Seriously Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:05 AM

    LOL - Good comment. Also, wondering why the government doesn't allow duty free import of the electronic cigarets if they are so concerned about the citizen's health? This def. will help a lot of people to get over the bad habit and is healthy.

    Paramanathan Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:25 AM

    There is no fire without smoke

    gavaskar Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:39 AM

    I will smoke more, picture or no picture.

    Prestine Beautfy Thursday, 28 February 2013 08:40 AM

    You cannot import electronic cigarettes because CTC has cowardly taken over the agency and now only they can distribute..

    John Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:54 AM

    Ok good for you, but don't become a financial burden on the national health system due to your 'freedom' to indulge....

    weha Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:00 AM

    It might have a small impact on their sales. but i don't think it is going to drastically reduce the consumption. besides who buys whole pack?

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:03 AM

    It's easy to quit smoking. I've done it hundreds of times.
    Mark Twain !

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:05 AM

    Do you want to smoke a cigarette a whole day ?
    Smoke it without lighting !

    Sareek Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:11 AM

    Kiss a non smoker and Taste the diffrence.

    ANTON Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:08 AM

    Thinker think a bit.....It is an additional cost

    Abdul Thursday, 28 February 2013 06:55 PM

    Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) please stop distributing cigarettes forever. we need a cigarette free country

    Vicks Thursday, 28 February 2013 07:34 PM

    Did they buy all cigarettes to stock - there are torture weapons, you know.

    Amry Azeez Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:30 AM

    every once can purchase thansher's cigars


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