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Carreras Public Health Regulations challenge in Supreme Court today

Lawyers representing local cigarette distributor Carreras Limited are to go before the Supreme Court today as it seeks to challenge the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013.

The Regulations set out a ban on smoking in public spaces and in the workplace and imposes requirements for the sale of tobacco products.

The matter is to be heard this morning in chamber before Justice Bryan Sykes.

Carreras is seeking leave to the Judicial Review Court to challenge the Regulation.

The company wants sections of the Regulations stuck down.

Among the areas of concern for the company is the stipulation that 75 per cent of cigarette boxes must be covered in graphic warning labels highlighting the hazards of tobacco smoking.

Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference yesterday health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson said the Government is not fazed by the legal action.

Ferguson maintained that the government is committed to promoting an environment free from health hazards.

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