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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.

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