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.