Tobacco giant fails to prevent Scottish ban on display in shops

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 04 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5473
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

One of the world’s leading tobacco companies has failed in a legal attempt to prevent a ban being introduced in Scotland on displaying tobacco products in shops.

Imperial Tobacco challenged the right of the Scottish parliament to introduce legislation to ban the open display of tobacco products in shops and end the sale of cigarettes from vending machines. It said that this amounted to the regulation of the sale and supply of goods, which is a power that is reserved to the Westminster parliament. …

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