Cigarette warnings does not need to be visible in the store


District Court Berlin: Specifications only apply to the boxes. The warnings printed on packets of cigarettes do not necessarily have to be visible in the store. This has the district court Berlin in a on 29.

It dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband against a seller. On landing shelves, warnings printed on cigarette packs, such as “Smoking can be fatal,” were completely or partially obscured by mounts or stock cards.

The Landgericht Berlin emphasized that the European directives for the warnings only referred to the cigarette packs themselves. The same applies to the German law implementing the EU law. In order to refer to these prescriptions also on the presentation at the sale, the German legislator also lacked the legal basis. Practically, it is also hardly possible to show the warnings of all boxes open.


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