The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

Norway rules in favour of tobacco display ban


OSLO (REUTERS) - A Norwegian court has upheld a ban on displaying tobacco products in stores as part of policies to safeguard public health, dealing a blow to cigarette maker Philip Morris.

Morris, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, which had claimed the ban violates a free trade agreement linking non-European Union (EU) member Norway to the EU's market rules, said it might appeal.

"As the court sees it, the display ban is necessary and that there are no alternative, less intrusive measures that can have equivalent results," the court said.

MrTord Dale, political advisor to the Norwegian Health Minister, said: "We are glad that the court has decided that looking after peoples health is more important than the profits of the tobacco industry."