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The executives of Big Tobacco have stopped insisting that tobacco is not addictive, but have not stopped making a killing from the deadly addictive quality of their product. The steady demand, particularly in the developing world where regulation doesn't reach, breeds a booming business in smuggling, as well as aggressive marketing schemes targeting the poor, minorities, and children. International treaties and successful lawsuits have helped to slow the malignant spread of tobacco in the United States and other developed nations, but the industry remains one of the largest and most influential in national and international politics.


Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris In Major Win For Anti-Smoking Advocates
by Pratap ChatterjeeSpecial to CorpWatch
July 11th, 2016
Uruguay has defeated Philip Morris, the global tobacco giant, in a major international lawsuit over the country's tough anti-smoking regulations. The Swiss-based company sued Uruguay at the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Dispute under the terms of a 1991 bilateral investment treaty between Uruguay and Switzerland.

Tobacco Companies Ordered to Pay C$15.6 Billion to Quebec Smokers
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
June 4th, 2015
Over one million people in the Canadian province of Quebec will receive a total of C$15.6 billion ($12.5 billion) in damages for smoking related diseases from three of the biggest tobacco companies in the country. The settlement is the result of a 17 year long court battle.

Uruguay Presents Defense Against Philip Morris Tobacco Lawsuit
by Richard SmallteacherCorpWatch Blog
November 10th, 2014
Uruguay has presented a 500 page document to defend itself against an international lawsuit challenging the country's tough tobacco packaging regulations. The claim was brought by Philip Morris, the global tobacco giant, at the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC.

Smokeless Tobacco Lobbyists Set Off European Alarms
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
November 23rd, 2012
A clandestine lobbying effort at the European Union (EU) by Swedish Match company to get legislators to lift a ban on a special kind of smokeless tobacco has forced the resignation of a top European bureaucrat and prompted renewed calls to strengthen rules on undue business influence in Brussels.

Big Tobacco Battles Advertising Restrictions
by Pratap ChatterjeeCorpWatch Blog
August 30th, 2012
Big Tobacco is fighting a multi-pronged battle to defeat a global wave of laws to force them to use graphic warning labels and plain packaging. It has won a major legal battle in the U.S. this month but it has lost in Australia.

Absolving Your Sins and CYA: Corporations Embrace Voluntary Codes of Conduct
by Anne Landman, Center for Media and DemocracySpecial to CorpWatch
August 18th, 2008
Multinational industries like tobacco and alcohol have responded to increased global public pressure for accountability around corporate operations by creating Voluntary Codes of Conduct to self-regulate their behavior. But how are the results measuring up?

Playing with Children's Lives: Big Tobacco in Malawi
by Pilirani Semu-BandaSpecial to CorpWatch
February 25th, 2008
Cigarettes may be damaging not only your own health, but also that of some of the world's poorest children. Much of Malawi's thriving tobacco industry rests on the backs of exploited children, some as young as five years old.

International Tobacco Treaty: Public Health Advocates Face an Uphill Battle
by Clive BatesSpecial to CorpWatch
October 15th, 2002
Can public interest groups salvage an international treaty aimed at regulating Big Tobacco? The director of an anti-tobacco group says they have their work cut out for them.

The Fight Against Big Tobacco: Domestic Battles, Global Implications
by Robert WeissmanSpecial to CorpWatch
April 26th, 2001
As a new round of negotiations on an international treaty controlling the spread of tobacco use opens in Geneva, it is still unclear what the Bush administration's position will be. What is clear, however, is that international tobacco control will almost certainly not be a priority for the Bush administration.

Big Tobacco and Free Trade
by Robert WeissmanSpecial to CorpWatch
April 12th, 2001
An international conspiracy to poison millions of men, women and teenagers around the world is killing four million people a year. By 2030, it will take 10 million lives annually, 70 percent of them in developing countries. This ''conspiracy'' is run by Big Tobacco: companies like Philip Morris, British American Tobacco and R.J. Reynolds, to name just a few.

Bush Administration Tobacco Industry Ties
by Robert WeissmanSpecial to CorpWatch
April 1st, 2001
Policy making authority in the Bush administration on tobacco issues will rest largely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Justice Department, the U.S. Trade Representative and, above all, the White House. Many key officials in these agencies have ties to the tobacco industry or have suggested sympathy for positions favored by the industry.

Global Tobacco Control Policy Framework
San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition
June 30th, 1997
As 33% of San Franciscans are immigrants, the Coalition believes that it must think globally and act locally in the development of a Global Tobacco Control Policy Framework.

Dr. Stan Glantz on The Tobacco Settlement
CorpWatch
June 30th, 1997
To get some perspective on the deal negotiated with the tobacco industry CorpWatch spoke with Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. Glantz, a long-time tobacco crusader, is the author of the Cigarette Papers, the published version of internal documents leaked to him from the Brown and Williamson tobacco corporation.

Tobacco's Global Ghettos: Big Tobacco Targets The World's Poor
by Carol McGruderSan Francisco African American Tobacco Free Project
June 30th, 1997
With daily reportage and media coverage chronicling the first chinks in the once seemingly impenetrable armor of Big Tobacco, the general public might get the very erroneous impression that Big Tobacco is going down for the count. Nothing could be further from the truth. To the average person the $300-$400 billion dollar ''global'' settlement that is currently being bandied about seems like an awful lot of money. To those of us in the tobacco control business, we know it is but a drop in the ocean to Big Tobacco, and a small price to pay to ensure that they will be able to continue business as usual in the rest of the world. The Tobacco Industry won't even flinch as they write the check.

Tobacco Industry Fact Sheet
INFACT
June 30th, 1997
The following tobacco industry facts were excerpted with permission from INFACT's web site. INFACT is a national grassroots corporate watchdog organization founded in 1977.

No Butts About It, Tobacco Kills
CorpWatch, San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition, and San Francisco Tobacco Free Project
June 30th, 1997
The following is excerpted from the World Health Organization's Tobacco Use: A Public Health Disaster.

Dr. Judith Mackay Speaks About Tobacco and Globalization
by Dr. Judith M. MackaySan Francisco's Forum On Global Tobacco Control Policies
May 19th, 1997
Excerpted from the San Francisco's Forum On Global Tobacco Control Policies. Dr. Judith Mackay looks at the ''New Opium War.''