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Delay irks anti-tobacco advocates

Enhanced pictorial warning on cigarette packet

Shahid Rao

islamabad – The health ministry is facing a court challenge over its failure to increase the size of graphic warnings on cigarette packets.

Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar announced the increase in February this year to raise awareness of cancers and other serious illnesses related to cigarette smoking.

Campaigners are alarmed almost six months later the government has failed to act and the deadline for introducing the new warning expired more than two weeks ago.

Two campaign groups, the Society for Alternative Media & Research (SAMAR) and The Network for Consumer Protection, have now moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) over the delay and the case will be heard this week.

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