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Uruguay: State wins dispute with tobacco giant Philip Morris01:31

Uruguay: State wins dispute with tobacco giant Philip Morris

Uruguay, Montevideo
July 9, 2016 at 01:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Speaking during a televised address in Montevideo on Friday, President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez announced that the state has won a landmark lawsuit against Philip Morris International. The tobacco company was trying to sue Uruguay for its strict regulations on smoking, and in particular, the decision to increase the size of health warnings on cigarette packets from 50 per cent of the cover to 80 per cent.

Vazquez, a trained oncologist, was at the head of the anti-smoking campaign, and filed a 500-page defence, saying that Uruguay's government has a right to protect the health and well being of its citizens.

The company must now continue to sell packs in the South American country with warning labels and restrict its branding practices.

Uruguay: State wins dispute with tobacco giant Philip Morris01:31
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Speaking during a televised address in Montevideo on Friday, President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez announced that the state has won a landmark lawsuit against Philip Morris International. The tobacco company was trying to sue Uruguay for its strict regulations on smoking, and in particular, the decision to increase the size of health warnings on cigarette packets from 50 per cent of the cover to 80 per cent.

Vazquez, a trained oncologist, was at the head of the anti-smoking campaign, and filed a 500-page defence, saying that Uruguay's government has a right to protect the health and well being of its citizens.

The company must now continue to sell packs in the South American country with warning labels and restrict its branding practices.

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