Posted: Aug. 16, 2013 | Tags: tobacco
As countries around the world ramp up their fight to reduce smoking, free-trade agreements have become a weapon of choice for multinational tobacco companies seeking to challenge the most stringent rules. The Obama administration announced 15 months ago that it would push for language in a pending Pacific Rim trade deal protecting the authority of national health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, to impose tough anti-smoking measures. But facing strong opposition from powerful business groups and congressional delegations from tobacco states, the administration has so far failed to move forward with the proposal.
Today, the Investigative Reporting Workshop is re-publishing FairWarning's latest story on the subject.
Reporter Myron Levin covered the tobacco industry for more than 15 years at the Los Angeles Times. He is the founder of FairWarning, a nonprofit news site that covers safety, health and corporate conduct.