#Debriefed: The Karnataka HC will decide the fate of health warnings on tobacco products
By Team Legistify / 2017-03-10

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Last week, the Karnataka High Court reserved its judgment in a batch of petitions challenging a 2014 amendment to the laws governing health warnings on the packaging of tobacco products.A Bench of Justices BS Patil and BV Nagarathna will decide the fate of more than fifty petitions filed by individuals and organisations from across the country.

In this edition of #Debriefed, we go into the details of the challenge.

What is the challenge against?

In October 2014, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare sought to amend the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008.

The major change brought about by the amendment was the introduction of a rule that 85% of the packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products shall be covered by a health warning. 60% of this would be occupied by the pictorial warning and 25% by a textual warning. Previously, only 40% of the package was required to be covered by the health warning.

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