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Police begins nabbing cigarettes stocks

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Not confirming to pictorial health warnings

Police will be conducting raids in search of stocks of cigarettes which do not contain 50-60% pictorial health warnings from today (February 1). This is in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order on July 2014 that all cigarette packs released to the market from January 1 are required to have the stipulated percentage of health warnings.

Last month, a circular was sent to all Police stations to take legal action against those who do not abide by the court’s order. Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana speaking to The Nation stated that stern action will be taken if traders are found with stocks of cigarettes which do not contain 50%-60% pictorial health warnings.

“We have informed all police stations to take legal action against traders who do not stick to the law. Raids will be conducted to nab the traders from today as scheduled,” said Rohana. The Media Spokesperson also mentioned that the grace period given to the traders to clear the stocks ended on January 31.

“This applies to tobacco companies as well, if they are found having produced cigarette packs which do not contain the required percentage of pictorial health warnings, Police will take legal action against them too,” he further pointed out. Meanwhile, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne vowed that he would increase the space for pictorial warning up to 80 percent.

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