Imperial Tobacco fails to block ban on cigarette displays in Scotland

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 07 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e952
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

One of the world’s biggest tobacco firms has lost its second legal challenge against legislation in Scotland designed to prevent young people from starting to smoke.

Imperial Tobacco has sought to overturn a ban on the open display of cigarettes in shops and their sale in vending machines. It argued that the Scottish parliament does not have the power to make such a change, as regulations on the sale of goods in Scotland are matters for Westminster.

That argument was rejected …

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