UK government may face legal challenge from Philip Morris over plain cigarette packaging

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 15 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5172
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

One of the world’s largest tobacco firms is considering legal action against the UK government over its plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.

Philip Morris Ltd, the UK affiliate of Philip Morris International, which produces Marlboro cigarettes among others, raised the possibility of legal action in its response1 to a recent Department of Health consultation2 on regulations that would introduce plain packaging, …

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