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WTO Panel Upholds Australia Plain Packaging Policy for Tobacco Products

The dispute ruling itself, issued on Thursday 28 June, numbers nearly 900 pages, and involves one of the most high-profile WTO cases seen in recent years. It has also highlighted the relationship between public health, trade, and intellectual property ri
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development International Environment (ch)
added Jul 5, 2018 21:02
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[Europe, UK] SNOWDON: Smoking rate rises in first year of plain packaging and TPD

Now that the British and EU governments have saved us from the perils of branded cigarette packs, packs of ten and high strength vape juice, the rate must have fallen still further, right? Wrong. As I mentioned in May, the data from the Smoking Toolkit
Velvet Glove, Iron Fist (Christopher Snowdon blog) (uk)
added Jul 5, 2018 16:58
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[Australia] What the WTO decision on plain packaging means for developing countries

While the findings did not come as a surprise, the strong words on health benefits did. And although the decision could face an appeal, legal experts believe this ruling provides developing countries with the confidence that the plain packaging battle is
Devex
added Jul 5, 2018 16:37
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LETTER: SHATENSTEIN: Big Tobacco can act

Im­pe­rial To­bacco says it’s “shocked and con­fused”...What’s truly shock­ing is that a com­pany re­spon­si­ble for fully half this coun­try’s an­nual 45,000 en­tirely pre­ventable, pre­ma­ture smok­ing-re­lated deaths has the gall to con­tinue com­plain
National Post (ca)
added Jul 4, 2018 20:50
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[Canada] Health minister favours warnings on cigarettes as feds outline tobacco strategy

The federal health minister says she’s in favour of putting health warnings directly on individual cigarettes in what she calls a “bold” idea.” The proposed measure is being studied by Health Department officials, Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Thursday as
Canadian Press
added Jul 4, 2018 16:29
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Imperial Tobacco 'shocked' by Health Canada's proposal for plain packaging of cigarettes

'We still cannot understand how this government can justify legalizing marijuana while imposing such extreme measures on tobacco products' Health Canada published its draft regulations last week on its proposed changes to cigarette packages, which aim t
Canadian Press
added Jul 4, 2018 16:29
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[Canada, New York] ARCHIVE: Tory MP tells committee that illegal tobacco sales financed 1993 World Trade Center attack

Finley told a parliamentary committee this week she believes contraband tobacco sales financed “the blowing up of the Twin Towers,” as she argued against a government bill that would implement plain packaging for cigarettes.
National Post (ca)
added Jul 4, 2018 16:29
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[Australia] Aussie gov't losts almost 30 mln USD in six-year tobacco fight: documents

Costs to defend its world-first plain packaging laws were kept secret from Australian taxpayers, but the documents say the total figure was 38.9 million Australian dollars (28.8 million U.S. dollars). In 2017, the court ordered tobacco giant Philip Morr
Xinhua Newswire
added Jul 4, 2018 04:53
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VOON: Inside Views: WTO Panel On Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging: A Fact Dependent Analysis Of TRIPS Art 20

The Panel found that special requirements involving significant encumbrance, such as a prohibition on certain types of trademarks, are not per se unjustifiable under Article 20 (para 7.2442). The Panel also rejected the complainants’ suggestion that a Me
Intellectual Property Watch (ch)
added Jul 4, 2018 03:20
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Trade challenges at the World Trade Organization to national noncommunicable disease prevention policies: A thematic document analysis of trade and health policy space

Policy makers appear to face significant pressure to design food, beverage, and tobacco regulations that other countries will deem consistent with trade rules. Trade-related influence on public health policy is likely to be understated by analyses limite
PLoS (Public Library of Science)
added Jul 4, 2018 03:00
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