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EU waters down its plan to restrict tobacco advertising

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:853
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Plans to restrict tobacco advertising throughout the European Union have been severely watered down after running into fierce opposition from a small but influential group of members of the European parliament (MEPs).

    After blocking the proposed legislation for 16 months, the European parliament's legal affairs committee approved a series of amendments earlier this month that remove much of the substance from the draft legislation.

    It is insisting that the new rules should not cover indirect advertising (the …

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