Retailers will be able to use tobacco branded gantries in their stores without risking prosecution for the foreseeable future, thanks to a ruling by the European Court of Justice. The Court has blocked a European Commission directive banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship, challenged by Europe's top four tobacco manufacturers. The Association of Convenience Stores said: "We see some form of restriction as inevitable, but we want to make it as unrestricted as possible in store. This ruling means that legislation can't be Europe-wide; it will have to be UK specific." David Swan, chief executive of the Tobacco Manufacturers' Association welcomed the Court's decision. "However, we fully recognise the UK government's commitment to making progress on this issue." Two of the four challengers ­ Imperial Tobacco and Gallaher ­ called for continued "constructive dialogue" between the UK government and the industry on the issue. {{NEWS }}