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Big Trade Agreements … Big Tobacco

By Chris Bostic, for Health and Trade Network

As the role of tobacco companies in trade agreements on both sides of the Atlantic has been highlighted by a series of controversial events in recent weeks, this HaT paper is presented as a summary of the current key issues in the TPP and the TTIP, with implications for tobacco industry influence over trade agreements in general.

While it is clear that tobacco is an exceptionally deadly product, deserving of its own global convention and strong regulation, the influence of the tobacco industry from leaf growers to ‘big tobacco’ on trade agreements remains incredibly strong.

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