1. Tobacco industry should follow stringent package warning rules: Supreme Court

Tobacco industry should follow stringent package warning rules: Supreme Court

Last month, tobacco companies, some backed by foreign "Big Tobacco", shut down production in protest against requirements that 85% of a cigarette pack's surface be covered in health warnings

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 4, 2016 12:04 PM
Tobacco The tobacco industry has taken the government to court, saying the rules are impractical and will boost smuggling of imported cigarettes. (Reuters)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the tobacco industry to adhere to rules requiring stringent health warnings on cigarette packs, but ordered Karnataka high court to hear all pleas challenging the same.

The tobacco industry “should not violate any rule prevailing as of today,” the two-judge bench said, and added that the high court should hear all pleas challenging the new rules.

Last month, tobacco companies, some backed by foreign “Big Tobacco”, shut down production in protest against requirements that 85 percent of a cigarette pack’s surface be covered in health warnings, up from 20 percent.

The tobacco industry has taken the government to court, saying the rules are impractical and will boost smuggling of imported cigarettes. The government backs the stringent rules to cut tobacco consumption.

Smoking kills more than 1 million people a year in India, according to BMJ Global Health. The World Health Organization says tobacco-related diseases cost India $16 billion annually.

Get latest news and updates on Auto Expo 2018, check breaking news on Budget 2018, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

  1. No Comments.

Go to Top