Cautionary images on partial tobacco packets why not illegal: HC

Cautionary images on partial tobacco packets why not illegal: HC

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Dhaka: The High Court on Thursday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why a mass advertisement published by the National Tobacco Control Cell for printing cautionary images on the packets of tobacco products should not be declared illegal. UNB News Agency Reported.
An HC bench comprising Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice JN Deb Choudhury issued the rule following a writ petition.
The Health and Family Welfare, and Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division secretaries and co-coordinator of the National Tobacco Control Cell have been asked to reply to the rule within two weeks.
Ubinig (Pvt) Ltd, research organisation Progga and anti-drug organisation Prottasha filed the writ petition on Tuesday.
Advocate Dr Shahdeen Malik and Manjur Alam stood for the petitioners during the hearing.
Manjur Alam said the National Tobacco Control Cell issued a mass advertisement on March 16 relaxing the regulation of printing cautionary images about the negative impacts of taking tobacco on the half of the packets of any tobacco product.
In the advertisement, the cell mentioned about printing the cautionary images on the lower part of a tobacco packet, violating the section 10 of Smoking and Using of Tobacco Products (Control) Act-2005.
According to Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Rules-2015, selling any tobacco products without printing cautionary images is a punishable offence.

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