Smoke the TPP: How Big Tobacco and “Free Trade” Deals Erode Public Health

Patrick J. O’Dea
Under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement big multinational corporations will be given binding power to sue independent sovereign governments in special international courts set up by these same big corporates. And what will they be suing governments for? If an government is elected with a mandate to say curtail cigarette advertising a cigarette company can sue a government and a people for their loss of profit. This could see some of the poorest people in the world paying $millions and even $billions to some of the richest people in the world in court settlements. The TPP agreement represents the most vicious attack on democracy and self determination since the hey day of global european imperialism.

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