Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Boko Haram crisis: Chadian President calls on militants' leader to surrender

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Europe on the road to recovery

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The secrets of fashion design

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Facebook versus French courts

Read more

DEBATE

Coughing dragon? China's growth slows amid credit crunch fears (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Coughing dragon? China's growth slows amid credit crunch fears (part 1)

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

2018 'will mark end of banking secrecy in Switzerland': OECD tax chief

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Liberia's president slams Boko Haram's use of female bombers

Read more

REVISITED

Yalta, the symbol of a new Cold War?

Read more

Culture

'Coco Before Chanel' advert breaks Hong Kong laws

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-12

An advert for the French film Coco Before Chanel, which shows the actress Audrey Tautou posing with a cigarette breaks laws in Hong Kong restricting tobacco advertising, said an anti-smoking campaign group on Friday.

AFP - A poster for a film about Coco Chanel that features the French fashion legend smoking a cigarette breaks Hong Kong laws restricting tobacco advertising, a campaign group said Friday.
   
The advert for "Coco Before Chanel," which shows the film's star Audrey Tautou posing in silk pyjamas with Chanel's trademark cigarette dangling from her fingers, has appeared across the city.
   
But James Middleton, chairman of the anti-tobacco committee for campaign group Clear the Air, said the poster breaks Hong Kong laws banning any mention of smoking or cigarettes in advertising.
   
"It is a direct breach of the law," he told AFP.
   
Earlier this year, the company that runs advertising on trains and buses in Paris pulled a similar poster over fears it could be prosecuted.
   
An advert for the film that appeared Friday in the South China Morning Post had the cigarette airbrushed out.
   
No one from the company responsible for promoting the movie in Hong Kong, Lark Films Distribution, was immediately available for comment.
   
Hong Kong's Health Department was also not immediately available to answer questions from AFP, but a spokesman told the South China Morning Post it was looking into the case.
 

Date created : 2009-06-12

COMMENT(S)