Cabinet approves standard packaging for tobacco products

Cabinet has approved a proposal to introduce standard packaging for tobacco products.

Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senarathne submitted the proposal to cabinet.

The Government hopes to reduce deaths caused by the use of tobacco and it was suggested to introduce standard packaging in order to minimize the attraction to tobacco products.

In this standard package only two colours or black and white can be used and no mark can be displayed other than the trade name, product name, quantity of the production and information or mark determined or made compulsory by the Government such as health warnings.

The cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal submitted by Dr. Rajitha Senarathne to amend the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act No 27 of 2006 or to instruct the Legal Draftsman to prepare drafts for the regulation under the Act. (Colombo Gazette)