Taking action on smoking and health
Health charity ASH Scotland has responded to reports today that the tobacco industry plans to take legal action to challenge the introduction of plain, standardised packaging for tobacco products in Scotland.
ASH Scotland Chief Executive Sheila Duffy said:
“The tobacco industry’s threat to launch legal action over the introduction of plain, standardised packaging in Scotland is predictable, but unlikely to succeed.
“We know from bitter experience that tobacco companies resort to the courts when public health measures threaten their profits - and they have plenty of money to fund these cases.
“Plain packaging does not deprive tobacco companies of their trademarks and branding. Instead it puts reasonable limitations on their use – so that they can’t be flashily displayed on packaging to increase the appeal of tobacco products to children and hook a new generation into a harmful addiction.
“Plain packs are already working successfully in Australia and the High Court in that country has ruled that they don’t infringe intellectual property rights, describing that claim by Big Tobacco as ‘delusive’ and suffering ‘fatal’ defects in logic and reasoning.
“The tobacco industry’s bullying tactics almost always fail and we believe they will lose again if they challenge plain packaging in Scotland.”
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
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