Vice Squad
Monday, October 18, 2004
Tobacco Companies in Britain Assert Their Human Rights

Really. The firms are responding to strict limits on those ads for their products that are placed in stores -- so-called point-of-sale ads. In a lawsuit, the tobacco firms are claiming that the ad restrictions "are an unlawful interference with their commercial freedom of speech under human rights laws." So it looks as if the British have the same tension that bedevils the US, that between legal vice goods and advertising controls.

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