No Bribery

Oct 08, 2013 (LBO) – Ceylon Tobacco Company, a unit of British American Tobacco has denied media reports which gave the impression that it had attempted to bribe the island’s health minister to stop pictorial health warnings. Sri Lankan media carried reports last month attributed to health minister Maithripala Sirisena that the tobacco industry had attempted to bribe him to stop new rules requiring graphic health warnings including cancers caused by cigarettes, to be printed on packs.

CTC, the large legal cigarette manufacturer in the country, has gone to court over the health warnings.

The firm told shareholders that the “company nor any of its employees or agents acting on its behalf” had attempted to offer bribes in money or in kind.