A senior partner from law firm Herbert Smith Freehills — the firm currently representing British American Tobacco — this week told media that tobacco was the “canary in the coal mine” for labelling changes and warnings. Another lawyer from the same firm warned that “I think there have been rumbling among the public health community about what’s next: is it just tobacco? What about sugary foods? Fatty foods? What about alcohol?”
We don’t buy the slippery slope.
What most health promoters actually want on bottles is quite different from the hysterical claims made by Herbert Smith Freehills. Health promoters believe consumers have a right to know what they’re putting in their bodies, and most people would agree that having more information doesn’t hurt anyone.
Well, except for the bottom line of manufacturers who rely on people misusing their products.
Listen to Michael Thorn, CEO of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, in the below interview related to the Herbert Smith Freehills comments.