If Philip Morris wins its case against Uruguay forcing them to scrap its laws aimed at safeguarding public health, smoking bans in other countries will also be threatened. Philip Morris will have a "license to kill". A ruling is expected very soon from the ICSID, a branch of the World Bank.
Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?
Instead of trying again to put lipstick on their diseased pig, wise players in the sector should start figuring out how to change their business model and make money by actually helping students to train, at affordable prices, for genuine careers.
With easily apparent deep-seated roots dating back to the halcyon days of Big Tobacco, the DOE's NERA selection raises the question: Can one view the NERA/Obama DOE economic findings on LNG exports as anything but a deeply cynical PR ploy?
Two years ago, the Koch brothers spent millions on a ballot measure that would have effectively overturned AB32. Campaign ads were ubiquitous and misleading, but the American Lung Association testified the real result of the measure would be dirty air and higher asthma rates.
A California ballot measure to raise taxes on cigarettes by a dollar per pack failed Tuesday. 50.8 percent of voters opposed the initiative compared to 49.2 percent who favored the tax, which would raise money for cancer research and anti-smoking projects for kids.
"The new packaging is intended to protect people from the harmful effects of smoking," said Erica Jefferson, FDA spokesperson. "Killing active and potential smokers will save lives, increase life expectancy, and lower medical costs."
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