Good News for Public Health – Court Prohibits Minimum Tobacco Prices

March 16, 2010

(by Bruce Lyons)  Europe’s highest court last week decided against the governments of Austria, France and Ireland who have each adopted minimum retail price legislation for tobacco in an attempt to reduce smoking.  At first sight, the Court’s decision may appear to be a blow against public health, but in truth it should be seen as a victory for those who want to use the price system efficiently to control smoking. Read the rest of this entry »