Tobacco firms stall warning label plan
- Published: 26/08/2013 at 08:38 PM
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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.
The court has agreed to do so and will now further investigate the TTTA's claim that the plan is illegal, meaning the enforcement of the regulation, which was set to come into effect on Oct 2, will be put on hold until a formal ruling is delivered.
The TTTA is a group of 1,400 cigarette retailers, wholesalers and distributors, including tobacco giant Philip Morris Inc.
Current regulations require warning labels to cover 55% of the packaging.
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