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EU warns four countries over tobacco advertising

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7546.872-b (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:872
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Commission has stepped up its campaign against tobacco advertising by threatening to take four EU countries to court for not fully respecting the Europe-wide ban, which came into force last summer. Italy, Spain, Hungary, and the Czech Republic were sent formal warnings this week and told to comply with the new restrictions.

    Announcing the legal action, Markos Kyprianou, the European Union's health commissioner, said, “Stopping the glamorisation of tobacco through advertising and sponsorship is a key aspect in reducing the number of people who smoke or start to smoke.”

    The four countries now have two months to …

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