New Delhi: The stay on implementation of pictorial warnings on cigarette and ‘beedi’ packs put by Karnataka High Court has been vacated by the Supreme Court. The SC has now asked the tobacco companies to immediately implement larger pictorial warnings on packets of tobacco products. 
 
The Centre was of the view that pictorial warnings should cover 85% of the total packet size. This was done keeping in mind the health hazards caused by consuming tobacco. The tobacco companies had challenged the Centre’s rule after which all these cases were transferred to Karnataka High Court. 
 
Dharwad bench of the Karnataka High Court had put a 2-month stay on the implementation of the pictorial warnings. 
 
However, the Supreme Court has now given a statement in Centre’s favour stating that even tobacco companies have a duty towards society. It has directed the Karnataka High Court to decide the case in 8 weeks.