TakeAPart: Japan Tobacco International in Thailand

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 Japan Tobacco International’s attack on Thailand!

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 Thailand, Japan Tobacco International is suing to block health warnings on tobacco products which would inform smokers about the health hazards of smoking and encourage smokers to quit and prevent nonsmokers from starting to smoke.

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