19 Aug '11, 7am

Philip Morris Singapore acquitted of unlawful cigarette advertising

SINGAPORE - Tobacco company, Philip Morris Singapore, was acquitted, today, of the second of two charges of unlawfully advertising cigarettes. Had it been convicted of the offences, the firm could have been fined a maximum of S$10,000 for each charge. According to the law, cigarettes can only be displayed in outlets that are licensed to do so. Philip Morris was accused of unlawfully displaying five packets of Marlboro cigarettes on Sep 25, 2009. Lawyer, Terence Seah, represented the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). He said in his submissions that there was no dispute that the cigarettes were displayed on a temporary bar counter during a Formula One event. It was held in a tent located at the outdoor carpark of local nightspot, St James Power Station. Mr Seah stressed that such displays should be restricted strictly to the premises of a licensed outlet and viewed only by a ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110819-0000726/Ph...

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