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UK adheres to Formula One exemption

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7120.1397 (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1397
  1. John Warden
  1. London

    Introduction

    The first British government to support a ban on tobacco advertising will enter negotiations in Europe on 4 December with reservations that could delay the ban. This is due to the Labour government's insistence that Formula One motor racing should be exempted from a ban (15 November, p 1251).

    While the government seeks approval by the European Health Council for a directive imposing a comprehensive advertising ban, it emerged last week that it wants grand prix motor racing to be given a permanent exemption and to be subject to only voluntary controls. The public health minister, Tessa Jowell, told a committee of MPs that the directive must safeguard the position of Formula One as well as meet public health concerns that smoking should be reduced. She was uncertain if a common position would be agreed next week.

    In Britain the issue has gone wider, with suspicions that the government was …

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