Top Story


Home >> Advertising >> Article

International: British to ban tobacco advertising ‘Within Months’

Font Size   16
International: British to ban tobacco advertising ‘Within Months’

Secretary of state for health Alan Milburn told the House of Commons that the government is to allocate parliamentary time for a bill that will ban tobacco advertising ‘within months’.

The move came speedily by British government standards – a mere forty years after the Royal College of Physicians first urged a ban. Condemning manufacturers for promoting a “deadly habit”, secretary Milburn picked up and ran with the ball – kicked into play a Private Member’s Bill sponsored by Liberal Democrat Lord Clement-Jones and approved last Thursday by the House of Lords.

The Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill revives legislation which ran out of Commons' time due to last year’s general election. It will outlaw sponsorship by tobacco brands and companies of sporting events; also billboard and print advertising, and marketing promotions. In addition, limitations will be imposed on the retail display of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Meanwhile, Simon Clark, director of Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco), claimed the upcoming bill could transgress the European Convention on Human Rights: “A ban on tobacco advertising is an unwarranted attack on the rights of adult consumers to receive information about a legitimate consumer product,” he protested.

Commented the Royal College of Surgeons: “In the long term the banning of tobacco advertising could mean a significant reduction in the number of people dying from smoking-related diseases … currently 120,000 people every year, making it our single biggest killer.”


Rishi Pratim Mukherjee finds his eternal peace at home on a typical weekend by reading his all time favourite books or simply switching off

Prashant Puri, Co-Founder and CEO of Adlift, talks about his journey from being the company’s co-founder to an investor and also tells us how automation will soon take the top spot in every marketer's list

Shikha Kapur, CMO- ‎Fox Star Studios, speaks on the evolution of digital marketing in the organisation

Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, on their three-year association with IPL where they will promote their new model Tata Nexon

According to media reports, the new logo will not be very different from the existing one and the changes may not be very visible

Visual highlights from the seventh edition of IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women event held in Mumbai on Thursday 22nd March.

The FIR was filed by the police after BARC India’s vigilance team found out that the details of the households where BARC India’s BAR-O-Meters are installed were compromised