Two state governments have called on the USTR to carve tobacco out of the TransPacific Partnership Agreement over well-grounded concerns that their own state and local tobacco control initiatives will be threatened by international trade tribunals. Maine and Vermont, both leaders among U.S. states in protecting their people’s health, sent letters to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk last week, calling for a carve-out and asking for consultations.

Read the Maine Letter

Read the Vermont Letter

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  1. Making Trade Work for Public Health – ASH > Action on Smoking & Health

    […] yet, costly litigation could be avoided in the first place by having trade negotiators carve out tobacco and other health matters from trade deals. This type of firewall could go a long way towards keeping kids from lighting […]