Canadian Court Ends Ad Restrictions

In September 1995, Canada's Supreme Court struck down Canadian regulations limiting the advertising and promotion of tobacco products, on free speech grounds. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Tobacco Products Control Act of 1988 is "not justifiable under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."

Federal Canadian regulations had banned tobacco ads in newspapers and magazines, required warning labels on cigarette packs and restricted tobacco company sponsorship of events.

In a fit of pique, a cancer society spokesman said, "I don't see how the freedom of expression of a tobacco company can be compared to a painter's work of art." Obviously the health nazis believe freedom of speech only applies to viewpoints they agree with.

Source: "Canada's top court overturns tobacco advertising ban," September 21, 1995, the News and Observer.