Apex court asks for scientific proof of link between cigarettes and cancer
THE SUPREME Court recently sought scientific proof to explain how smoking can lead to lung or throat cancer. The court was responding to a public-interest petition filed by Umesh Narain Sharma, a lawyer at the Allahabad High Court. The petitioner demanded that cigarettes be sold in plain packets instead of attractive packaging often used by the companies as a ploy to divert consumers' attention from the pictorial warnings on throat and lung cancer printed on the cover. Issuing a notice to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice U U Lalit asked Sharma if cancer was scientifically linked to smoking.