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[Asia-pacific] TOBACCO-STATE POLITICIANS: GROW UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING ON TPP

So says Peter Benson...“The American Chamber of Commerce has been advocating on behalf of tobacco companies for the TPP because the TPP would lower tariffs and lower taxes on American-made cigarettes,” Benson said. “So tobacco companies really stand to g
Global Trade Magazine
added Nov 8, 2015 21:23
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[Asia-pacific] The TPP trade deal cracks down on Big Tobacco — but gives drug companies a pass

"And it only applies to ISDS, not to other parts of the agreement or to the state-to-state dispute settlement process. So we could still see the sorts of legal challenges that Australia is facing from other countries over tobacco plain packaging through
Vox Media
added Nov 7, 2015 19:32
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[Asia-pacific] DAYEN: TPP Trade Pact Would Give Wall Street a Trump Card to Block Regulations

Other industries that spew carcinogens into the atmosphere, or harm citizens...are not similarly restricted. “Tobacco is not the only dangerous thing in the world...You could get a tobacco company to make the same point and they would be right.”
The Intercept
added Nov 7, 2015 15:21
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[Asia-pacific] UPDATE 1-White House may have to renegotiate Pacific trade pact-senator (Adds details, quotes, background)

While Hatch said he would carefully study the text, released on Thursday, he saw problems with provisions on tobacco, labor rules and dairy. "We're losing votes as we speak for no good reason," he told reporters. "My suggestion is, get back to the barga
Reuters
added Nov 6, 2015 21:09
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[Asia-pacific, Australia] IS THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP A WIN FOR TOBACCO CONTROL? A FIRST LOOK AT THE TOBACCO CARVE-OUT

Though it’s very difficult to believe that any government that isn’t being manipulated and funded by Big Tobacco would genuinely want to sue another country for trying to protect its citizens from tobacco-related disease and death. This anti-tobacco ind
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
added Nov 6, 2015 20:55
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[Asia-pacific] Australia 'could be sued for billions' by foreign companies under TPP

Obama proposed including an ISDS clause in the TPP with an exception that tobacco companies could not use it to weaken or overturn laws designed to curb tobacco use. The proposal was crucial in getting Mr Robb's agreement, which helped seal the deal.
Sydney Morning Herald (au)
added Nov 6, 2015 20:11
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[Asia-pacific, Australia] Robb rejects concerns TPP will tie govt up in lawsuits

The Federal Government has previously faced an international legal battle with tobacco companies over plain packaging. But Mr Robb has previously said such cases could not be brought and that protections would ensure Australia's environmental and health
Sunshine Coast Daily (au)
added Nov 6, 2015 20:03
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[Asia-pacific, Malaysia, New Zealand] Govt's snow job on TPPA now exposed - Kelsey

Unlike the proposed Malaysian carveout for tobacco control measures from the entire agreement, it does not apply to other chapters, such as labelling rules, intellectual property, or the investment chapter itself.
Voxy (nz)
added Nov 6, 2015 08:51
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[Asia-pacific] Trans-Pacific Partnership: four key issues to watch out for

There’s a “but”, though. “However, this is not a complete carve-out for tobacco control measures. Moreover, the agreement does not necessarily provide protection for tobacco control measures from attack under other regimes.”
The Guardian (uk)
added Nov 6, 2015 08:48
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[Asia-pacific, Massachusetts] Warren steps up criticism of the Pacific Rim trade deal

“Tobacco regulations are very important, but so are rules against polluting rivers, rules to stop another financial crisis, rules to make nuclear power safer. The administration needs to explain why every other industry can still use ISDS to challenge pub
Boston (MA) Globe
added Nov 6, 2015 08:35
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