Tobacco/Challenge Big Tobacco
We Call for Treaty Ratification
Corporate Accountability International and our national allies call for the U.S. to join the global community in ratifying the global tobacco treaty. Once a leader in tobacco control, the U.S. now remains on the sidelines, among a shrinking minority of nations that have yet to ratify the treaty.
U.S. ratification of the global tobacco treaty would:
- Protect current and future generations of Americans from tobacco addiction, disease and death.
More than 400,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related illness. The U.S., after signing the global tobacco treaty on May 10, 2004, has failed to ratify it, despite urging from President Obama when he was still a U.S. senator.
- Set a powerful precedent when it comes to how our government interacts with special interests.
The treaty puts a stop to revolving doors between government agencies and the industries they regulate. It prohibits an abusive industry from influencing its own regulation. Just imagine the implications it would have for Wall Street, Big Ag, and other abusive industries that are currently manipulating our democracy to serve their own aims at our expense.
- Help reverse the tobacco epidemic globally.
The U.S. could offer valuable resources to Global South countries to implement the treaty. It could also signal to corporations, like Philip Morris International, that trade on the New York Stock Exchange that the U.S. will not tolerate the exportation of practices long outlawed here to countries the world over.
Take action! Call on President Obama to send the treaty to the Senate for ratification.
Big Tobacco Sues FDA
In 2009 President Obama signed landmark legislation giving the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products. This law strengthens warning labels on tobacco products, requiring graphic health warnings on 50 percent of the front and back of tobacco product packaging.
But in 2011, five U.S.-based tobacco corporations joined together to file a lawsuit against the FDA over its mandate for graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging. As it is doing in countries around the world, Big Tobacco has filed the lawsuit in an attempt to bully the U.S. into delaying implementation of effective tobacco control efforts.
While a U.S. district judge granted a temporary injunction postponing the implementation of the new warnings, the Obama Administration appealed this injunction. The Supreme Court heard the case and we are now waiting for the ruling. More about the industry’s lawsuit against the FDA.