As some European countries try to insist on the ban of tobacco ads more than others, Ecclestone threatens these countries with a "race ban". The first result of these activities is that there will be no French Grand Prix in 1997. Still uncertain is whether the Belgian Grand Prix can take place. The Portuguese Grand Prix track at Estoril is still not in the condition to race there. The two reserve race tracks (where of coarse tobacco ads are legal) are Kyalami in South Africa and some place in China (People's Republic I suppose).
As it seems to be hip to bring an action against monopolists (Kirch/Bertelsmann, Thyssen/Krupp, Willie Gates, ...) someone brought up the suggestion to take Mr. Ecclestone to court. It has to be awaited what the future will bring.