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Ceylon Tobacco Company Ltd., et al. v. Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, et al.

Tobacco companies sued government officials, challenging a clause of the tobacco control law that would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places. The clause, based primarily on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), was put into place after observations about the harmful effects of "passive smoking."  The Court stated that exposure to tobacco smoke, which would necessarily result from smoking in public places, is undoubtedly harmful to public health and a law could be validly enacted to prevent such exposure to tobacco smoke in enclosed public places.  Thus, the provision is constitutional.