Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said tobacco companies cannot be allowed to overrule anti-smoking legislation in individual countries.
Ms Anderson said;
“Countries across the world have introduced legislation to protect citizens from the risks of smoking and to promote healthy lifestyles.
“This has included plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products to cut down the number of young people who take up the deadly habit.
“Tobacco companies have tried to block such moves from becoming law. Now they are attempting to go even further with Philip Morris suing the government of Uruguay over anti-smoking legislation.
“This has been made possible because of the International State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. This is why I and other Sinn Féin MEPs have opposed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which contains ISDS.
“We cannot have the situation where Big Tobacco companies can ride roughshod over the legislation of individual countries because they don’t like specific laws.
“The health of citizens is more important than the wealth of tobacco companies.” Ends/Críoch