The controversy over plain packaging rumbles on and the campaign by the tobacco industry against new packaging laws has stepped up a gear now that the English Government has edged closer to introducing a law like the one proposed by the Irish Government. The industry has always threatened to challenge these laws and it appears likely they will. The last Minister for … Continue reading Plain packaging, conflicts of interest and the Law Society
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Ireland is obliged by international law to reduce smoking. In the last decade we took the initiative by restricting advertising and sponsorship and introducing a workplace ban. Current Government policy goes much further: a tobacco free Ireland in 11 years. The next step toward that goal is to remove branding from tobacco products, just as … Continue reading Objections to the proposed Irish tobacco plain packaging law: an overview
Further to my recent post about the submissions of the Law Society on plain packaging of tobacco products to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, the below letter was sent yesterday by a number of solicitors to that Committee.
I wrote earlier about plain packaging laws for tobacco products and intellectual property. I mentioned that the Law Society had made submissions to the Oireacthas Joint Committee on Health and Children in relation to the issue. I, along with 12 other solicitors who are members of the Law Society, did not endorse the submissions made … Continue reading Solicitors and “plain packaging” laws
Controversy over the submissions of the Law Society on proposed plain packaging law for tobacco products continues. It seemed, initially, that the Law Society was going to take the concerns raised by myself and a number of colleagues seriously. I was told that certain things would be looked into and a proposal was going before … Continue reading Time to end willful ignorance on tobacco packaging and lobbying
The Oireachtas is currently considering a draft law that would introduce mandatory “plain packaging” of tobacco products. Last week, the Law Society appeared before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children to make a presentation opposing such a law. RTÉ’s Prime Time covered the issue on Monday evening. A written submission was made by the Intellectual Property Law Committee of the … Continue reading Tobacco packaging and intellectual property law