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EU court adviser upholds standard tobacco packaging law

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h7007 (Published 29 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h7007
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A European Union law requiring all member states to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes is valid, a senior legal adviser to the European Court of Justice told the court on 23 December in the latest blow for the tobacco industry.

Opinions from the court’s advocates general are not binding but are usually followed by the judges’ rulings, which are. The judges’ rulings in this case are expected in four to six months.

If the judges agree with the German advocate general, Juliane Kokott, member states will be able to …

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