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European Court adviser rules against British American Tobacco and Imperial

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7365.616/c (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:616
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Union is on course to introduce tougher restrictions on the manufacture, presentation, and sale of cigarettes after two of the world's largest tobacco companies recently had a major legal setback in their attempt to overturn the new rules.

    These rules will require cigarette manufacturers to set aside 30% of the front of a packet for clear health messages such as “Smoking kills” and “Smoking seriously harms you and others around you.” Even more of the back (40%) will carry additional warnings.

    The measures will cut the maximum permitted tar levels from 12 mg …

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