Uruguay cracks down on smoking

Government takes on tobacco companies in battle "worth millions in lost revenue".

    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


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