Norway: Court has rejected motion of concern about prohibition of displaying cigarettes in shop windows
Norwegian Court on Friday has rejected motion of concern Philip Morris about infringe of free trade agreement that became evident after introducing prohibition of displaying cigarettes in shop windows and other trade outlets.
"Court has hold that people's health protection is more important than profit of tobacco industry; it quite gladdens us", - Tord Dale, counselor of the Norwegian Health Minister has declared.
In Norway ban for cigarettes and alcohol advertising is in force from 1975. Since 2010 products mentioned above cannot be displayed in shop windows and other trade spots. This product should be kept in cabinets without identifying signs and any logos. This ban is included in campaign run for restricting smoking dependence and furthering reduction of expenses for treating smokers.
However, Philip Morris has adduced reasons that conditions in force are infringe of free trade agreement reached in European Union countries and also infringement of fair trade rules. "The clause limits information about legal products, complicates competition and also introduction of new products on the market", - Company press-secretary Ann Edwards told. She told that Company plans to take appeal on Court decision. For this is procedural period of one month.
After Norwegian process have looked such countries as Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada and India that consider possibility of introducing such means that support control of tobacco dependence. In Great Britain there is already ban for displaying tobacco products in shop windows' of big shops; manufacturers have to propagate it to 2015.
Manufacturers of cigarettes all over the world use legal means in order to control restrictions against their products introduced by government, including smoking ban and also selling restrictions.