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WTO Rules Against U.S. Effort to Discourage Underage Smoking

Efforts by the United States to discourage children from smoking have resulted in a fight between the United States and the World Trade Organization. On Wednesday, the WTO said a U.S. law banning the production and sale of cigarettes with cloves violated global trade rules and was unfair to Indonesia, the world’s leading producer of clove cigarettes. The watchdog group Public Citizen is urging the Obama administration to refuse to comply with the WTO ruling. Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach said, "This case underscores why countries must insist that WTO rules be altered and that no new agreements use the same corporate backdoor deregulation model."

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