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Tobacco companies say regulations are unconstitutional

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 26 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:191
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Canada's three largest tobacco companies have begun a legal fight to defeat the country's tobacco act and regulations, which the World Health Organization says are being used as a model in some 40 other countries worldwide.

    The companies, JTI-Macdonald, Imperial Tobacco Canada, and Rothmans, Benson and Hedges, asked the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal to declare unconstitutional the 1997 Tobacco Act and two subsequent regulations, saying that they violated the companies' right to freedom of expression under Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    The legislation bans tobacco …

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