Companies use bogus smuggling claims to fight tobacco control measures, then foster black markets themselves
Nov 17, 2014
For years, the major tobacco companies have fought cigarette tax increases and other tobacco control measures by claiming they will spark massive increases in cigarette smuggling and black markets. But stories in The Wall Street Journal (subscription only), The Guardian and other media reveal that British American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second largest multinational tobacco company, has been supporting — and profiting from — the same cigarette smuggling schemes that tobacco companies claim are caused by policies to reduce tobacco use.
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NY Times shows how Big Tobacco abuses trade treaties
Dec 13, 2013
The New York Times today made the tobacco industry’s latest bullying tactic front page news.
The Times story by Sabrina Tavernise shows how tobacco companies are fighting nations’ laws to reduce tobacco use by challenging them as violations of international trade and investment agreements. These efforts are at aimed at defeating measures to reverse soaring smoking rates, especially in low- and middle-income countries with limited resources to fight back.
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Letter urges President to strengthen U.S. position
Nov 1, 2013
Fifty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives this week signed a letter to President Obama urging him to protect nations’ authority to adopt tobacco control measures under the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. The United States is negotiating the trade pact with 11 other countries.
Last year, the United States Trade Representative announced that it would propose strong language recognizing that tobacco products are uniquely harmful and protecting tobacco control measures from being challenged as a violation of the TPP. But in August, the U.S. backed off this strong language and offered a much weaker proposal.
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Editorial calls for protecting tobacco control measures
Sep 18, 2013
In an editorial published today, The Washington Post called for protecting tobacco control measures under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which the United States is negotiating with 11 other countries.
“Tobacco sickens and, eventually, can kill if consumed as intended. Every country, the United States included, should be taking every effective step to prevent smoking,” the Post wrote.
Continue reading Washington Post: Trade Deal Must Reflect “Unique Dangers” of Tobacco
Calls grow to protect tobacco control measures from abusive trade lawsuits
Sep 16, 2013
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has added his powerful voice to those urging that the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement must protect the rights of nations to adopt measures to reduce tobacco use. The United States is currently negotiating the trade agreement with 11 other countries.
Continue reading U.S. Senator: Trade Deals Shouldn’t Undermine Nations’ Efforts to Fight Tobacco
Article exposes Big Tobacco’s legal bullying
Nov 29, 2012
As countries around the world adopt strong policies to reduce tobacco use, tobacco companies are turning to a new tactic to fight these measures: Challenging them as violations of international trade treaties.
Continue reading FairWarning Details How Tobacco Companies Use Trade Treaties to Fight Tobacco Control Measures