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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) the Tip-of-the-Iceberg as a Weapon of Global Health Agencies Destruction

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As countries worldwide ramp up their fight to reduce smoking, free-trade agreements have become a weapon of choice for multinational tobacco companies to challenge the most stringent rules. The Obama administration announced 15 months ago that it would push for language in a pending Pacific Rim trade deal protecting the authority of national health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, to impose tough anti-smoking measures. The administration has so far failed to move forward with the proposal apparently bowing to strong opposition from powerful business groups. With Top cigarette makers paying legal fees for the Ukraine, Honduras and Dominican Republic, against Australia before the World Trade Organization, a trade versus the health agency rights, how much closer to Fascist policies must U.S. trade policies get for 'We the People' to realize our Republic is in peril.

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