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Tobacco firms stall warning label plan

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The Central Administrative Court on Monday issued an injunction halting the introduction of a new ministerial requirement that would force tobacco manufacturers to enlarge warning labels on cigarette packets. 

The court ruled in favour of tobacco manufacturers after they filed a petition seeking the injunction, arguing that the government's demand to increase the size of warning labels to cover 85% of the total visible packaging surface is illegal.

The petition, filed by the Thai Tobacco Trade Association (TTTA) on June 26, claimed the issuing of the new regulation went beyond the Public Health Ministry's legal powers and violated tobacco firms' right to use their trademarks. It therefore asked the court to issue an injunction to suspend the enforcement of the regulation.

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