Supreme Court says Tobacco Industry must follow the Strict ‘Health Warning’ Rules; Pleas in this connection to be heard by Karnataka HC

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New Delhi: Today, on Wednesday, 4th May, the honourable Supreme Court of India found telling the Tobacco Industry that it should adhere to the rules which ware requiring the stringent Health Warnings to be published on cigarette packs. While so, the Court also orders the High Court to hear all the pleas which are challenging the said warnings’ publication.

The said decision is taken by the Apex Court’s concerned bench of two- judges and this bench also stated in own words as the tobacco industry “should not violate any rule prevailing as of today.” It also added that the High court Karnataka State should hear the pleas which are seeking to challenge the said concerned new rules.

It was seen earlier in the last month, that the Tobacco Companies in India, whom some are backed by the Foreign tobacco entities, appeared shutting down their production in protest against the requirements that Eight- Five Per cents of a Cigarette Pack’s surface be covered with the Health warnings. And earlier the said rule requiring the Twenty per cents of the said pack’s surface to be covered with the said warnings.

The Government which has issued such new rules, was pulled in before the Court by the Tobacco Industry and challenged the said rules as are impractical and will be boosting smuggling of imported cigarettes.

It is made clear from the side of the BMJ Global Health, that the smoking kills more than a million people, in a single year in India and also the World’s top  health organisation- WHO- World Health Organisation found stated that the diseases related to the Tobacco cost India 16 billion dollar annually.

Thus, the court now seeking the Tobacco Industries to strictly follow the larger pictorial warning on the Cigarette box surface. Earlier, the stay which the Karnataka High Court’s bench at Dharwad imposed on the said new rule, is also lifted by this bench of Apex Court. Moreover, now the Apex Court asked the high Court to decide the case in eight weeks.

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