In Switzerland, left and right are still divided on the new version of the law proposed by the Federal Council. Even remodeled, the law on tobacco still does not convince!
Even remodeled, the tobacco law proposed by the Federal Council always divides. For the right, advertising restrictions go too far, while the left and the health community believe that the government has bowed in front of the tobacco lobby.
The first bill had bungled in Parliament in 2016 mainly because of the prohibition of advertising for tobacco, wanted by the Federal Council. In the reformulated draft, in consultation until Friday, bans advertising in cinemas, posters and in the press have been removed.
Only the uncontested elements were taken up, such as the ban on the sale of tobacco products to minors, the authorization of electronic cigarettes with nicotine and snus snuff. This is not enough in the eyes of the right-wing parties. Under the guise of the ban on targeted advertising on minors, the project wants to impose a ban much wider, says the PLR. The Federal Council must limit itself to prohibiting advertising aimed directly and explicitly at minors, according to the mandate entrusted to it by Parliament.
For the SVP too, the ban on tobacco advertising in free newspapers and on the Internet is totally contrary to Parliament's wishes. The party also comes up against the requirements imposed at the points of sale, such as the prohibition to boast tobacco within 1,20 meter of the ground or next to advertisements for sweets. The party does not want such interference.
The PDC believes that the new project is essentially in line with Parliament's demands. As for PVL, we welcome the fact that the new version focuses on the critical points, youth protection and electronic cigarette in particular. The return of the first version made "waste precious time"The party notes.
The Greens regretextreme cautionOf the Federal Council in terms of restrictions on advertising and sponsorship. Only a general ban on tobacco advertising can be truly effective in protecting young people. The sponsorship of cultural and sporting events by the tobacco industry must also be prohibited.
The health and anti-smoking sectors are refusing the second draft of the law as a whole: the project almost entirely renounces advertising restrictions and a ban on sponsorship, notes Public Health Switzerland.
The Federal Council has yielded to the pressure of a majority of Parliament, denounces Addiction Switzerland and in its wake a series of organizations such as the Lung League, the League against cancer, Pro Juventute, the Swiss Heart Foundation or different cantonal information centers for the prevention of smoking (Cipret).
If the will of the government materializes, children and adolescents will remain fully exposed to aggressive marketing for tobacco. Addiction Switzerland therefore calls for a flawless ban on tobacco advertising, including print and internet, including social media, billboards, cinemas and retail outlets, and a ban on sponsorship of public events. or private.
source : 24heures.ch/