Donelson lung-cancer survivor fights against the tobacco trade

Jenny White, a lung cancer survivor from Donelson, met with Rep. Jim Cooper on Monday June 6, to hand deliver a new report to the congress- man in his downtown Nashville office. The report is titled, Protecting Children and Reducing the Global Tobacco Burden: Trading Tobacco Company Protection for Public Health.

The report examines each of the 12 countries that partici- pate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and details some of the tobacco policies currently in place that fall under the World Health Organization’s designated best practices in global tobacco control. The report also takes an in-depth look at tobacco control policies in the United States and provides a case study on how Philip Morris Asia initiated a legal dispute against Australia to derail the country’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act, arguing that the law violated the country’s international and investment trade obligations.

“More than two thirds of tobacco deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Tobacco companies use expensive lawsuits to bully these governments, hoping to avoid the kinds of restrictions they face in many countries, including the United States,” said White.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States and around the world,” said White.

TPP contains a provision that prevents tobacco companies from using the agreement to challenge tobacco control measures and will put the United States and the other TPP participating countries in a better position to save lives by protecting children and adults from the dangers of tobacco.

In the past, Rep. Cooper has supported the TPP.