French man finds picture of his own amputated leg on cigarette packets, Man who lost his leg after assault finds picture of his amputation. A man in France was shocked to find a picture of his own amputated leg had allegedly been used on cigarette packages without his permission.
A 60-year-old man who had his leg amputated following an assault was shocked to discover an image of his limb being used on cigarette packaging without his consent.
The picture was displayed on EU cigarette packets, alongside the message "smoking clogs your arteries". But the Albanian man, who lives in Metz, says he lost his leg as the result of a 1997 assault in Albania.
The man said his son bought a packet of rolling tobacco in Luxembourg last year and, recognising the burns and scars in the picture, took the packet home to his father, who confirmed it was a picture of his leg.
He believes that the photo of him was taken at a hospital in the city of Metz in France when he had gone to see if he could be fitted with a prosthetic leg.
The pictures on the packet of EU cigarette packets are usually distributed by the European Commission and are taken from an approved database, where people featuring in the images have given their consent.
The European Commission is being approached as it is responsible for the distribution of such images on all EU cigarette packets.