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EU commissioner clashes with tobacco giant

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7046.1561 (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1561

The European social affairs commissioner, Padraig Flynn, is clashing for the second time in a year with the American tobacco multinational Philip Morris over the company's advertising campaign.

Last year the two crossed swords over advertisements which gave the impression that it was the European Union which was restricting people's personal freedom to smoke in public places. In fact, any legislation on the statute books is purely national, not EU inspired.

Now, the company is running another campaign under the headline Secondhand Tobacco Smoke in Perspective, claiming that once political …

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