Only few days ago news came out of China about their planned ban on tobacco advertising. The next anti tobacco drive came out of EUs health comissioner Marcos Kyprianou in his interview with Financial Times Deutschland.
“Formula One is a symbol,” he said. “We must limit the advertising of tobacco as much as possible so we can limit the influence on young people.”
Kyprianou said that the continued allowance of tobacco logos at the grands prix in China, Bahrain and Monaco was undermining the EU’s ban on cigarette advertising.
He met with Prince Albert of Monaco to discuss the matter earlier this week and plans to meet with Chinese officials next week.
“If European citizens still see tobacco advertising during races, it undermines the purpose of our legislation,” he said.
“Formula One drivers are extremely popular: they can become models. If they carry the name of a tobacco company on their chest then that sends the wrong message straight to young people.”
He also wrote a letter to FIA and Ferrari …