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Tobacco proposal for TPP trade talks sparks backlash

The Obama administration is facing a furore over its latest tobacco proposal in trade talks with 11 Pacific Rim countries, with critics charging it will boost smoking in the region and business groups fighting back.

Michael Froman, US trade representative, brought a new offer on tobacco to the 19th round of talks on a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement starting today in Brunei, in the hope of clearing one sticking point in the negotiations.

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