Jan 25, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka in parliament yesterday has presented the Extraordinary Gazette Notification requiring the placement of pictorial warnings on cigarette packs.
Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva presented the Gazette Notification to Parliament on behalf of the Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena.
The Gazette Notification containing provisions in respect of pictorial warnings has been prepared by the Health Minister.
According to the regulation, the pictorial health warning shall be printed on both sides of every Cigarette packet, package or carton containing cigarettes and shall cover at least 80 percent of the total area of a packet, package or a carton.
Misleading messages on the impact caused to the health as a result of the smoke should not be included.
It is also mentioned in the Gazette Notification that cigarette packets could not be produced, imported or sold without the pictorial warnings.
Further, the quantity of nicotine containing in the product should be clearly mentioned and it is prohibited to cover these warnings with other photographs.
According to the Gazette Notification the warnings should be changed every six months.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently honored Sri Lanka's Health Minister with the World No Tobacco Day Award 2013 for his role in implementation of Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on packaging and labeling of tobacco products.