[QODLink]
Americas
Uruguay cracks down on smoking
Government takes on tobacco companies in battle "worth millions in lost revenue".
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2011 03:13 GMT

In Uruguay, a battle over a government crackdown on smoking is firing up.

The tobacco giant Philip Morris has sued the government for lost profits, claiming that anti-tobacco measures are hurting their bottom line.

Uruguayan law says graphic health warnings must cover 80 per cent of a cigarette pack, and companies can only market one type of cigarette, so as not to mislead smokers into thinking one is less harmful than another.

Therefore, for example the so-called "light" cigarettes will not be found.

Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo has more from the capital, Montevideo.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
Indonesia's digerati could be crucial to success in the country's upcoming presidential election.
How Brazil's football legend turned every Corinthians' match into a political meeting for democracy.
As the Pakistani army battles Taliban forces, civilians in North Waziristan face an arduous escape for relative safety.
Nepalese trade in a libido-boosting fungus is booming but experts warn over-exploitation could destroy ecosystem.
Featured
Palestinian families fear Israel's night-time air strikes, as the civilian death toll soars in the Gaza Strip.
China still uses labour camps to silence democracy activists and others it considers malcontents.
Myanmar's Karen veterans of WWII, despite being abandoned by the British, recall their service with fondness.
Sri Lanka refugees stranded on a boat near Australia's shoreline are in legal limbo and fear torture if sent home.
The death of Hamed Shehab on Wednesday in an Israeli air strike has triggered fear and anger among journalists in Gaza.
join our mailing list