Daily Archives: July 11, 2011

Have scientists finally created a ‘safe’ cigarette?

When Sir Walter Raleigh brought back the first fragrant tobacco leaves to Britain from America, in 1578, he cannot have known he was kick-starting a habit that would end up killing more than five million people a year worldwide - more than die in wars, car crashes and from Aids combined.

Beware The Tobacco Bullies

Tobacco giants, who always put profit ahead of lives and health, are invoking investor-state dispute mechanisms in bilateral ftainvestment agreements to challenge moves of governments which are aimed at controlling the widespread use of tobacco products. This scary development highlights the dangers of signing trade or investment treaties which could give corporations the right to sue governments over legitimate health or other public interest regulations.