Ban on tobacco advertising moves a step closer

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:697
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Tobacco advertising could become illegal in the United Kingdom as early as this summer, after the government agreed to back legislation pushed through the House of Lords last week.

    The proposed legislation will ban press, billboard, and internet advertising of tobacco products and end the promotion of smoking through free distribution of tobacco products, coupons, and mailshots. Also, new controls will restrict how tobacco products are promoted and displayed in shops, and sponsorship by tobacco companies of sporting and other events will be ended. Only formula one motor racing, which secured a …

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