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16 November 2010

WHO takes on tobacco lobby

A cigarette company is pursuing a claim alleging that Uruguay is violating its trade agreement by requiring that anti-smoking warnings cover 80% of cigarette packages.

Uruguay was described as a "laboratory of confrontation" with Big Tobacco by its president, Jose Mujica.

Philip Morris International Inc., the world's second-biggest cigarette company after the state-controlled China National Tobacco Corp., is pursuing a claim before World Bank arbitrators alleging that Uruguay is violating its trade agreement with Switzerland by requiring that anti-smoking warnings cover 80% of cigarette packages.

The president spoke at the opening of a summit representing 170 countries that have signed a global tobacco control treaty established in 2003.

 

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