Sri Lanka makes graphic warning on cigarette packs mandatory
The Sri Lankan parliament passed a law that makes it mandatory for putting graphic warning on cigarette packs. Under the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act, the three regulations passed to discourage smoking in the country.
As per the regulation
- Pictorial warnings should be printed on the surface of both front and back portions of every cigarette packet, package or carton containing cigarettes covering 80% of the pack, package or cartoon.
- Also made it mandatory to specify health warnings on the packs and includes Smoking makes children ill, Smoking causes heart diseases, Smoking causes cancer and Smoking causes sexual impotence mandatory.
Note: In Srilanka, the numbers of cancer patients are on increase and annual death toll due to smoking amounts to about 20,000 persons.