Tobacco companies win delay on advertising ban

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 06 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1218
  1. Linda Beecham
  1. BMJ

    Tobacco companies in the United Kingdom have succeeded in delaying the ban on tobacco advertisements on billboards and in newspapers and magazines, which was due to start on 10 December.

    The companies—Imperial, Gallaher, Rothmans UK, and British American Tobacco—challenged the validity of the European directive on tobacco advertising, and their challenge has been upheld in the High Court by Mr Justice Turner.

    The court decided that the government had acted hastily in not waiting for a ruling from the European court. The directive was agreed by the European Union …

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