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08-21-2010, 12:45 AM
Small country, told not allowed to mandate what goes on the outside of a package of cigarettes. not allowing the truth...
In Canada , whims, a system for protecting workers from any hazards , but cigarettes not documented , only 2 items not listed the other , wood.
Uruguay may change anti-smoking law due to complaint
7:01PM ET on Monday Jul 26, 2010 by Thomson Reuters
* Philip Morris filed for arbitration at World Bank body

* South American country has tough anti-tobacco laws

By Conrado Hornos

MONTEVIDEO, July 26 (Reuters) - Uruguay's government said on Monday it may loosen up the country's tough laws on smoking to avoid a dispute with Philip Morris, drawing criticism from anti-tobacco activists.

Former Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, an oncologist, banned smoking in public buildings four years ago. Tobacco advertising is also banned and cigarettes' packets must carry large health warnings.

The rules, which also prevent the sale of products branded as "light," put the small South American country at the vanguard of global anti-smoking laws.

However, the measures have irked global tobacco company Philip Morris International <PM.N>, which earlier this year filed for arbitration at the World Bank's International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Uruguay's government said the possible reforms to the anti-smoking law would try to invalidate the company's claim, which says the current law harms its business by preventing it from selling products advertised as "light."

"On some arguments, Uruguay is very strong from a legal point of view and changes aren't necessary. On other points, we need to make changes to the law or come up with a new law," Foreign Minister Luis Almagro told reporters.

The government has said that any changes would be minor. Possible reforms might include reducing the size of health warnings from the current 80 percent of the packet's size to 65 percent, and giving permission to sell "light" cigarettes.

Suggestions that the anti-smoking rules could be changed sparked criticism from health activists, who accused the government of caving into pressure from big business to avert a defeat at the arbitration panel.

Former president Vazquez, who led the crackdown during his term, accused the company of exercising "a blackmailing pressure" with the complaint, which is based on a trade deal between Uruguay and Switzerland, where the tobacco firm is based.

"The only thing that Philip Morris is trying to do with this is show its power over a small country that has set an international example on this issue," he told the state-run television network.

The possible easing of the tobacco measures was also criticized by the country's Center for Investigation of the Tobacco Epidemic, a nongovernmental anti-smoking group.

"If the country gives way to this pressure, maybe this or some other multinational will soon try to use another (international) accord to challenge our ban on smoking in enclosed spaces or the ban on advertising," Eduardo Bianco, the group's president, told Reuters.

A representative from Philip Morris International could immediately be reached for comment. (Writing
This is truly the powers that are.....
Scaring a small country, forcing it into submission......
Shame on you ...Big Business......
Look where the location of the World Bank is, :mad:

08-21-2010, 09:03 PM
To think that so called "free" countries are ok with this but lock up people for pot. To call anyplace "free" who does that displays true ignorance as to the very definition of being free.