International Tobacco Prevention


Tobacco products are expected to kill one billion people worldwide this century. The industry, seeking to maintain and grow its profits, is seeking to expand in existing and new markets globally. 

After huge wins against big tobacco in the U.S., we're striking back globally, too. A recently negotiated trade and investment agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), includes a landmark provision that would take a significant step to eliminate tobacco companies' ability to bully nations into not passing tobacco control laws.   

We are working to convince Congress to approve this trade agreement so this historic provision can take effect. 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment agreement includes the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations.

Latest Updates

Cancer Candor Blog
March 8, 2018

Eleven countries signed at trade deal in Chile today that includes language that strengthens tobacco control efforts for the participating countries. Once ratified by the signing countries, tobacco companies won't be able to use the agreement to pursue disputes challenging tobacco control measures adopted by participating countries.

February 22, 2018

The final text of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) includes a historic provision that if ratified will prevent tobacco companies from suing participating nations over public health measures to reduce tobacco use.

Cancer Candor Blog
May 31, 2017
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World No Tobacco Day, an annual event organized by the World Health Organization, highlights the dangers of tobacco use and promotes tobacco control policies. One victory I’m particularly proud of on this front is a hard-fought win in Guam to increase the age of sale of tobacco products.

July 19, 2016

Last week, public health triumphed over big tobacco in the small South American country of Uruguay. Six years ago, Philip Morris International, a tobacco giant, sued the country of Uruguay over their proposed tobacco control policies. The laws were created to reduce youth and adult smoking by regulating the marketing