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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040

Ceylon Tobacco Company to produce and supply cigarettes without changes to its current packs

Colombo, 21 February, (Asiantribune.com):

Ceylon Tobacco Company has challenged in the Court of Appeal, the Tobacco Products Regulations and the Court has reserved its order till 12th May and the Tobacco company has decided to the market as usual without any changes to its current packs.

The Tobacco Products (Labeling and Packaging) Regulations No. 01 of 2012 published by the Minister of Health in the Government Gazette Extraordinary No. 1770/15 dated 08th August 2012 as Amended were presented to the Parliament and approved by the Parliament.

The above Regulations together with the amendments were presented to the Parliament by the Minister of Health and were approved by Parliament on 19 February 2014.

The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act No. 27 of 2006 requires the Minister to table any regulations made under the Act before Parliament after 30 days from publication of such regulation in the Gazette, as a mandatory procedural step.

In the meantime Ceylon Tobacco Company which enjoys the monopoly in manufacturing all the popular brand cigarettes in Sri Lanka has challenged these Regulations in the Court of Appeal.

According to a press release from the CTC it stated that the hearing has been concluded and the Court of Appeal has now reserved its final judgment for 12 May 2014. It further went on to add that the implementation of the Regulations has been stayed pursuant to an interim order issued by the Supreme Court on 20 September 2013.

Ceylon Tobacco Company pointed out, “We confirm that the interim order issued by the Supreme Court will remain in force and approval of the Regulations by Parliament will not prevent the Court of Appeal from determining the validity of the Regulations."

The Ciggerette manufacturing Company further pointed out, “Hence, CTC is not required to comply with the said Regulations at this stage until a decision is made by Court.”

“CTC will continue to produce and supply cigarettes to the market as usual without any changes to its current packs," the press release concluded.

- Asian Tribune - .

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