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Export Ban on Bandits Lifted

Magazine article Marketing

Export Ban on Bandits Lifted

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Export ban on Bandits lifted

Skoal Bandits has won the first round of its shoot-out with health secretary Kenneth Clarke. A high Court ruling has lifted the ban ordered by the Department of Health (DOH) -- at least where exports are concerned.

Now US Tobacco International (USTI), which manufactures the oral snuff, is considering whether to resume production at its factory in East Kilbride, Scotland.

Its closure by the DOH on March 13 under the Consumer Protection Act was challenged by USTI. This was upheld by the High Court which last week pronounced that the ban -- on cancer prevention grounds -- did not apply to exports which accounted for 90% of production at East Kilbride.

The main application by USTI for a judicial review of the overall embargo on Skoal Bandits will be heard at a later date. This challenges the Government's right to outlaw tobacco products on general safety grounds.

The 27 page judgment by the High Court is being studied by USTI chiefs in Greenwich, Connecticut. …

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