Apex court asks for sci­en­tific proof of link be­tween cig­a­rettes and cancer

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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