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Blog | The Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty and tobacco: no cause to celebrate

In this Public Health Expert blog we ask what the tobacco ‘carve out’ from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Treaty means for public health. Despite the partial exemption of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), the TPP agreement as a whole applies to tobacco, and breaches of the TPP might, in principle, be alleged in relation to tobacco. The TPP provides mechanisms to pursue complaints for breaches of its obligations in addition to ISDS. These other mechanisms remain unaffected by the partial, and optional, exclusion of ISDS. While the partial investor-state dispute settlement exclusion is a small step in the right direction, the fundamental inconsistencies between agreements such as the TPP and public health in general are left untouched.

The full blog, published in Public Health Expert, can be viewed here.

For further information, please contact:
Louise Delany
University of Otago, Wellington
email louise.delany@otago.ac.nz

George Thomson
University of Otago, Wellington
email george.thomson@otago.ac.nz