F1 hosts scolded for ignoring tobacco ban

Mon, 16 October 2006, 12:47

F1 host nation Italy has been referred to the European Court of Justice for ignoring the continent-wide ban on cigarette advertising.

The European Commission’s legal action coincides with ‘reasoned opinions’ – a warning or formal advice to fall in line – that have been sent to fellow grand prix hosts Hungary and Spain.

Germany has already been referred to the Court.

European health and consumer protection commissioner Markos Kyprianou said: “These decisions underline that the Commission has zero tolerance for allowing tobacco sponsorship, no matter whether it’s for formula one or for other events.”


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