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France dilutes tobacco and alcohol advertising ban

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6985.962 (Published 15 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:962

Fears are growing in France that laws adopted four years ago to ban advertisements for tobacco and alcohol are crumbling. One amendment in parliament has already authorised the televised transmission of sports events taking place in countries where tobacco advertisements are authorised—thus allowing the advertisements to be shown to the French public. Another amendment authorises billboard advertisements for alcohol, even in sports stadiums and clubs.

French judges, arguing that broadcasting sports events is part of a television network's remit, have repeatedly dismissed lawsuits …

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