Trading Away Health: The Influence of Trade Policy on Youth Tobacco Control

Tobacco companies and tobacco-producing nations are exploiting international trade rules to block implementation of policies designed to curb youth smoking. These challenges represent a growing threat to tobacco control efforts, of which pediatricians should be made aware. Ongoing lawsuits and trade disputes, as well as contemporary trade agreements, challenge health principles by treating tobacco—a lethal and addictive product—the same as any other good. This article equips health care providers with the requisite vocabulary, history, and analysis to understand the impact of global trade practices on youth tobacco control.

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