Finland Banishes Marlboros From Shelves to Stub Out Smoking
Marlboro Man lit up his last cigarette on Finnish TV screens in 1978. Soon, his smokes will be out of plain sight in stores and selling tobacco to Marlboro Jr. may land the retailer in jail.
Finland will push tobacco sales under the counter in shops as a new law comes into effect in stages, starting today. The Nordic nation, one of the first to ban tobacco adverts, is the first to target an end to smoking through legal means.
“It’s a warning to the people who want to invest, or work in, or be a part of the tobacco industry,” said Ismo Tuominen, an official who helped draft the new law at the Helsinki-based Health Ministry. “This is a warning that we are trying to get rid of this business in Finland once and for all.”
(Bloomberg. October 1, 2010.)