Never mind the Budget, what is the TPP going to mean for health?

Authors Katie Hirono and Deborah Gleeson wrote this piece for the Croakey health blog based on their brief report for the April issue of Public Health Research & Practice discussing the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. In November 2015 these came to a close with the release of the final text. This included an optional carve-out (exclusion) for tobacco control measures from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’s investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. Despite the apparent ‘win’ for the field of tobacco control, the limited scope of the carve-out provides only partial protection for public health regulatory measures, they said.

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