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Wanted: Pakistan Charges Philip Morris Executive with Advertising Violations

A Pakistani judge has issued an arrest warrant for the head of marketing for Philip Morris Pakistan Ltd., for the company’s blatant violation of laws that tightly restrict tobacco advertisements. Despite the advertising limits, Philip Morris purchased — and magazines published — full-page, color ads for Marlboro cigarettes in many of Pakistan’s leading magazines throughout November and December.

Mecca and Medina, Tobacco-Free Cities

The Saudi Ministry of Health has intensified its campaign to make Mecca and Medina tobacco-free cities while Hajj pilgrims are flocking to the holy sites from worldwide. In this frame, Dr. Sameer Al-Sabban, the executive director of the Anti-Smoking Campaign in Mecca, said that they “require the cooperation of pilgrims to make the two holy cities among those with the lowest tobacco consumption in the world”.

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