Ban on tobacco advertising?
Opposition among European governments to an EU-wide
ban on tobacco advertising seems to be fading following
Luxembourg's compromise text.
The Proposal has met serious opposition because of
fears that sporting and cultural events would suffer. Several
governments have also been opposed because tobacco advertising
generates significant revenue.
The new text proposes exemptions from the ban for
specialist trade journals, publications which originate outside the
EU and "advertising of tobacco products between individuals". If
either the UK or German government decides to vote in favour of the
ban, there would be a qualified majority in favour. Discussions