The Appeal Court has refused to allow pictorial warning covering 80% of the cigarette packet.
This ruling has been given despite the parliament endorsing a 80% pictorial warning.
The Appeal Court has ruled that only 50-60% of the surface of the cigarette packet could be given for the warning.
Ceylon Tobacco Company could use 40% of the surface area for its trade marks.
The Bench comprised of Justice Anil Gooneratne and Malinie Gunaratne.
The judges pointed out that the remaining 20% would not be sufficient to exhibit the trademark if 80% of the cigarette packet was used for pictorial warnings.
The Court ruled that the Tobacco Company needs to be given a reasonable opportunity to promote its trademark and promote its goods.
Mean while many anti smoking campaigners are disappointed about the ruling and the health ministry may react to the situation.
A total ban on promotion and and removal of all branding may be the next demand of the anti smoking campaign.