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UK exempts motor racing from advertising ban

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 15 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1251
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz1
  1. London

    The British government has decided to exempt Formula One motor racing from a tobacco sponsorship ban.

    The decision has infuriated the European Commission (which has been working for a European-wide ban) and the opponents of tobacco advertising, and it has generated criticism of the possible conflict of interest involving the husband of the minister for public health, Tessa Jowell.

    Organisations that have campaigned to see tobacco advertising in sport stamped out have promised to keep up pressure to ensure that Formula One cars are banned from displaying tobacco logos.

    The exemption came after the sport's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, and the …

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