The Supreme Court today sought to know what the government is doing for periodically alternating various pictorial warnings on cigarette and other tobacco product packs to ensure that their deterrent effect is not worn off.
“What are you going to do? When are you placing the rules (for alternating pictorial warnings on tobacco product packs) in Parliament?” asked the Bench of Chief Justice S H Kapadia from Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam.
The Bench,which also included justices K S Radhkrishnan and Swatanter Kumar,was hearing the petition by civil society Health for Millions seeking implementation of the law for pictorial warnings on the packs of cigarette and other tobacco products.
The government had in June 2010 told the court that it was in the process of amending the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products (Packing and Labeling) Rules,2008,to provide for periodical changing of various pictorial warnings on tobacco products.
It had told the court that soon after framing the relevant rules,it will place them in Parliament before implementing them.
The Bench asked the government’s law officer to apprise it of its updates on the issue of framing rules for alternating pictorial warnings like those of skull and bones and cancer-disfigured face on tobacco product packs within two weeks.