Scotland. Legislation is being proposed in many countries to have cigarettes in plain packaging with up to 70% of the package showing grotesque anti-smoking photographs.
Phillip Morris has tried for almost a year to get hold of the full details of a project about smoking and young people. Stirling University has so far refused, and claims PMI is trying to disrupt its work.
PMI appealed to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kevin Dunion. Dunion ruled PMI’s request was a significant burden but not manifestly unreasonable. He also ruled there was also no evidence, in terms of FoI law, to justify claims of attempted disruption or harassment. In conclusion, he said the PMI request was not vexatious and the university had failed in its FoI duty to provide advice and assistance.
Stirling must now respond to PMI by August 15.