Big Tobacco's deadly attack
To the ICSID Tribunal arbitrating the Philip Morris-Uruguay BIT dispute:
We call on you to rule in favour of Uruguay in the lawsuit brought against them by Philip Morris for passing effective anti-smoking laws. Uruguay has the right to protect the public health of its citizens, and a ruling in Philip Morris's favour would open the door for them to attack anti-smoking laws in all of our countries. These laws are saving lives everywhere, and our governments should be able to enact and enforce them everywhere.
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It's a scary reality that one company, whose product kills, could overturn laws that protect our public health. But if our community's voices are brought into court by a world class legal team, we could fight back with a force no judge could ignore, showing how this sets an unacceptable precedent for the world.
Let’s tell the court that this doesn’t just affect Uruguay -- if Big Tobacco gets their way it opens the door for challenges everywhere -- companies already have at least 4 other countries in their crosshairs, and many more have anti-smoking laws at risk.
We have to move fast -- the court is already hearing arguments. Sign to protect our public health and our democracies from corporate greed -- each of our names will be submitted to the court.