Sri Lanka: Health warnings now cover 80% of pack surfaces

With effect from 1 June 2015, health warnings on cigarette packages in Sri Lanka have to cover 80% of the principal sides.

Sri Lanka had previously required an 80% warning size. The tobacco industry took this to court, with the court concluding that a requirement for an 80% size was not authorized by the parent legislation, the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act. The court indicated that a 60% size would be acceptable.

The Sri Lankan Parliament responded to the court judgment by approving a bill with explicit reference to the 80% size. The bill, the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (Amendment) Act, No. 3 of 2015, with a certified date of March 3, 2015, can be seen here:

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Previous information on this matter is available at:

Sri Lanka: rotating pictorial warnings implemented (January 2015)