Getting rid of the Obama youth anti smoking law
This really is a crazy ruling and should actually be seen as more of a wake up call with the new trade agreements undoing the important health policies. A ridiculous example is banning the sale of flavoured tobaccos (next thing theyll be banning electronic cigarettes as well! Oh wait they are trying to arent they!).
Even though this law was designed to stop teen smoking, or from wanting to smoke but banning the sale of flavoured tobacco and doing away with the you anti smoking law is the right way to do it.
Here is an article that discusses in detail this case please have a read and go to the main site to read the rest of it!
WTO Orders U.S. to Dump Landmark Obama Youth Anti-Smoking Law
A landmark U.S. health policy already was being struck down even as protestors surrounded the Supreme Court over the attack on President Obama’s healthcare law. Behind closed doors in Geneva, a World Trade Organization (WTO) tribunal issued a final ruling ordering the U.S. to dump a landmark 2009 youth anti-smoking law.
The Obama administration’s key health care achievement slammed by the WTO was the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA), sponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). The ruling, issued Wednesday, was on the final U.S. appeal which means that now the U.S. has 60 days to begin to implement the WTO’s orders or face trade sanctions.
This outrageous WTO ruling should be a wake up call. Increasingly “trade” agreements are being used to undo important domestic consumer, environmental and health policies. Instead, the Obama administration has intensified its efforts to expand these very rules in a massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement.
The WTO’s ruling against banning the sale of flavored cigarettes isn’t the only example of its attack on consumer protection and health laws. The U.S. has filed WTO appeals on two other U.S. consumer laws — U.S. country-of-origin meat labels and the U.S. dolphin-safe tuna label — both were slammed by lower WTO tribunals in the past six months. Yup, in short order we could see the WTO hating on Flipper, feeding us mystery meat and getting our kids addicted to smoking.
The challenged tobacco control U.S. law was designed to reduce teen smoking by banning “starter flavorings,” since tobacco firms had begun marketing flavors like cola, chocolate, strawberry and clove. The 2009 law forced U.S. firms to cease sales of these products, whether imported or domestically produced.
Wednesday, the WTO sided with Indonesia, who claimed that the U.S. ban of their imported clove-favored cigarettes should not be allowed. A key reason was that the U.S. had not banned all flavored-cigarettes (namely menthols). Thus, they argued, the policy unfairly hit Indonesia. However, data showing that teens are more likely than adults to smoke cloves (while menthol smokers include vast numbers of adults) was dismissed. Read more about Landmark Obama Youth Anti-Smoking Law…
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