Published: Saturday 31 May 1997

A federal court in North Carolina, US, recently passed a landmark judgement related to smoking when it ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can regulate sales and labelling on cigarettes. The court, however, said that FDA cannot control the promotion and advertising of tobacco products. The ruling would allow FDA to place restrictions such as limits on placement of vending machines. The agency can also check cigarette sales to minors by demanding photo identification from young buyers. The US President Bill Clinton said that the government would appeal against the ruling on advertising and promotion.

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