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Plain packaging: why are we waiting?

Press Release – Smokefree Coalition The Smokefree Coalition, along with groups like the Cancer Society, has been advocating for plain packaging since the measure was adopted in Australia back in 2011. Similar legislation was introduced here in 2014 but has been back-burnered due to Government …Plain packaging: why are we waiting? Dr Prudence Stone, Executive Director, The Smokefree Coalition, 11 April 2016 The Smokefree Coalition, along with groups like the Cancer Society, has been advocating for plain packaging since the measure was adopted in Australia back in 2011. Similar legislation was introduced here in 2014 but has been ‘back-burnered’ due to Government fears that we’ll be caught up in expensive international arbitration like Australia has been. Back in February Prime Minister John Key indicated our legislation could soon be back on the cards, but since then we’ve heard exactly zip. We’ve signed the TPP in which tobacco companies are excluded from litigation against governments; the public seems ready and willing; and the evidence is in that plain packaging will help prevent a lot of suffering and death. So why are we still waiting? The move by Philip Morris International (PMI) to litigate against Australia has shown good returns. It may not have won, but the millions of dollars’ worth of red tape it takes to fight such a deathly rich international company has frightened many governments and slowed the...

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TPP needs checking to ensure plain packaging not threatened

Press Release – Smokefree Coalition Members of the Smokefree Coalition are backing calls by health professionals to Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser, calling for a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement before New Zealand signs the dotted …TPP needs checking to ensure plain packaging legislation not threatened Members of the Smokefree Coalition are backing calls by health professionals to Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser, calling for a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement before New Zealand signs the dotted line. Kerri Nuku, Kaiwhakahaere of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation says leaked text in October makes clear the TPP could give international business interests, such as Big Tobacco, the right to sue the New Zealand Government if it puts anti-tobacco legislation in place that will hurt their profits. “That this trade agreement could impact on decision-making in the interests of public health is a very real possibility. Current World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrations over Australia’s plain packaging legislation are based on trade agreements, which are stalling a decision on plain packaging here in New Zealand as we speak.” Dr George Laking, Medical Oncologist and Board Member of the Smokefree Coalition, says New Zealand is a small nation, with a litigation budget far smaller than that of the tobacco industry giants, and therefore it would experience the threat of being taken...

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Doctors and nurses warn Prime Minister over trade talks

Press Release – Smokefree Coalition More than 400 members of New Zealands medical community have signed a letter to the Prime Minister asking him to be vigilant that our future health is not negotiated away under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).Doctors and nurses warn Prime Minister over trade talks Media release: Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Maori Medical Practitioners Association) and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. 3 March 2013 More than 400 members of New Zealand’s medical community have signed a letter to the Prime Minister asking him to be vigilant that our future health is not negotiated away under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The letter, written by Christchurch paediatrician Philip Pattemore, was digitally signed online by 415 health professionals, mainly doctors and nurses. The letter expresses concerns over whether the TPPA could have a significant impact on New Zealanders’ future health and, in particular, the Government’s stated goal of achieving a smokefree New Zealand by 2025. The health professionals urge the Prime Minister and his Government to insist on strong protections for public health in all 29 chapters of the Agreement, including those dealing with investments and intellectual property. “The negotiations are held in secret, so we cannot be sure how much pressure the Government is under to sacrifice important freedoms. For example, patent extensions and data exclusivity might benefit foreign investors of each signatory...

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