Big Tobacco Bullies
With ever more Americans and Europeans giving up smoking, tobacco companies have increasingly focused on developing countries as markets for their addictive and deadly products. Now, as some of those nations try to regulate cigarettes by, for example, requiring warning labels, Big Tobacco is using trade and investment agreements to challenge and intimidate them.
Tobacco companies have sued and threatened to sue countries like Uruguay and Uganda, arguing that their tobacco rules unfairly restrict trade or hurt their investments, according to a report in The Times by Sabrina Tavernise. Namibia has not enforced tobacco regulations because it is not prepared to fight long and expensive legal battles against large companies.