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» IPS: US, Malaysia skirmish over tobacco in TPP talks
Online Publication Date:07 September 2013
Between concluding rounds of negotiations towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a major US-proposed free trade agreement, a divisive fight has heated up over the extent to which countries should be allowed to regulate the sale of foreign - potentially far cheaper - tobacco products.
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» The Tobacco Problem in U.S. Trade
Online Publication Date:05 September 2013
Should tobacco be like any other product in U.S. trade? The question bedeviled U.S. policymakers for decades, but it has now arisen again, with much controversy, in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the pending trade deal between the United States and eleven other countries.
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» The New York Times: The Hazard of Free-Trade Tobacco
Online Publication Date:31 August 2013
Give thanks to Malaysia for heading off, at least temporarily, an American effort to weaken the ability of countries to impose stiff rules on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within their own borders.
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» Public Health, Medical Groups Urge U.S. to Support Malaysia's Historic TPP/Tobacco Carve-Out Proposal
Online Publication Date:27 August 2013
U.S. public health and medical groups applauded Malaysia's historic proposal to "carve out" tobacco from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade pact now being negotiated by the U.S. and 11 other nations.
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» Malaysia Poised To Table Complete Carveout From TPP For Tobacco Measures
Online Publication Date:25 August 2013
The Malaysian government is poised to table a proposal here that would completely carve out tobacco control measures from having to comply with any obligations in a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement
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» Michael Bloomberg: Why Is Obama Caving on Tobacco?
Online Publication Date:22 August 2013
LAST year I endorsed President Obama for re-election largely because of his commitment to putting science and public health before politics. But now the Obama administration appears to be on the verge of bowing to pressure from a powerful special-interest group, the tobacco industry, in a move that would be a colossal public health mistake and potentially contribute to the deaths of tens of millions of people around the world.


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» Canadian NGOs' letter to international trade minister on TPPA and access to medicines
Online Publication Date:30 July 2013
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, write to you in order to express our deep concern with some of the provisions proposed for the intellectual property, pharmaceutical pricing and investment chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP).
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» BRIEF TO CANADA’S MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE REGARDING THE TRANS‐PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEGOTIATIONS AND ACCESS TO MEDICINES
Online Publication Date:30 July 2013
Billions of people around the world lack access to life‐saving medicines because of a number of synergistic causes. But one critical factor is the prohibitively high cost of patent‐monopolized medications. Provisions currently being negotiated for the TPPA risk exacerbating this situation, which for many is a matter of life and death.
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