THE WAY has been cleared for approval of a European Union (EU) directive on tobacco advertising. This follows a vote by the European Parliament against a number of amendments that could have risked a re-run of the rejection by the European Court of Justice of an earlier proposal in 2000 because the EU overstepped its powers. The new measure will ban tobacco advertising in the press, on radio and on the Internet, but national governments will retain the authority to regulate indirect advertising or sponsorship without cross-border effects. The ...

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