Meanwhile in France. A tobacco shop proprietor is suing a vapor shop over “unfair” labor practices. Apparently, the problem is that e-cigarettes look like cigarettes but don't have to be sold through the state-run tobacco authority like cigarettes do. The case has the potential to set precedent for e-cigarettes in France.
Tobacconist sues e-cigarette shopLawyers for the two sides argued the case in court in Toulouse yesterday with the buraliste saying e-cigarettes were a tobacco product and should only be sold through the legal monopoly of the tabac. He added that it was illegal to advertise tobacco products but the e-cigarette shop – sited near the tabac in Plaisance-du-Touch – had a window full of advertising which was aimed at persuading people to start using e-cigarettes and tobacco.
He said e-cigarettes “recall the act of smoking” and were supported by the four major world tobacco companies. The e-cigarette was another smoking product which was advertised as such and which used “cigarette” in its name.
I wonder if there were ever any French court cases where buggy whip companies sued car manufacturers over accelerator pedals.