TakeAPart: Philip Morris International in Colombia
Pending Litigation Against Governments
Tobacco companies use a variety of tactics to block or weaken life-saving policies designed to reduce tobacco use.
Courts around the world have overwhelmingly upheld laws grounded in the World Health Organization’s guidelines for tobacco control treaty. Governments should continue these proven, worldwide efforts to vigorously protect the public health and stop the global tobacco epidemic. Share now to oppose Philip Morris International’s attack on Colombia!
How tobacco companies litigate against government regulations
Tobacco companies use a variety of tactics to block or weaken life-saving policies designed to reduce tobacco use. One of these tactics is to engage in costly and time-consuming lawsuits against governments to block the implementation of approved tobacco control policy. This means that life-saving policies are delayed from being enforced and governments – often in small countries with limited resources – are forced to divert essential public funds to defend their laws in court against cases from multi-billion dollar tobacco companies.
In Colombia, Philip Morris International is suing to block banning the sale of tobacco products near schools which would limit exposure to tobacco advertising in retail environments which is linked to an increased likelihood of children and adolescents trying smoking and becoming smokers in the future.
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