A reader emails:
Was reading autoblog, a car blog I read, and came across this post. Thought it might interest you in your fight against the public health police and their stupid ideas.
Although I am worried that if you posted it to your blog, it might give some on the ministry of health and associated hangers on, ideas
to do the same in NZ.
Anyway, here’s the article.
We’re sure you remember Zahir Rana, the gentleman who piloted a Ferrari Enzo into the Atlantic Ocean during last year’s Targa Newfoundland. When the gentleman took his co-pilot and his car for a swim, he happened to be wearing a racing suit once worn by Rubens Barrichello. Back when the Formula One racer drove for Ferrari, the team was sponsored by Marlboro, which meant the cigarette company’s logo was plastered all over the the suit. As it turns out, Health Canada takes a dim view of tobacco advertising during any racing event, and despite the fact that Rana had bought the signed suit at a charity auction as a piece of racing history, the government agency took offense to photos from the race depicting Rana in full Marlboro regalia.
According to Wheels.ca, Targa President Bob Giannou found himself on the raw end of phone calls and letters from Health Canada, informing him of “prohibitions regarding the promotion of tobacco products,” even if the reference is historical.