45 State Attorneys General sign on to U.S. trade representative letter concerning Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement provisions relating to tobacco regulation. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto joined the 44 and signed on to a letter requesting the United States Trade Representative (USTR) adopt a position that preserves the ability for state and local governments to continue to regulate tobacco products to protect public health.
The USTR is in the final stages of negotiation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which addresses tobacco regulation at the federal and local levels.
“It is imperative that the state maintain the ability implement and enforce laws and regulations relating to tobacco products,” said Masto.
Research has shown that state and local laws and regulations may be challenged by tobacco companies that aggressively assert claims under bilateral and multilateral trade and investment agreements, either directly under investor-state provisions or indirectly by instigating and supporting actions by countries that are parties to such agreements. Such agreements can enable these tobacco companies to challenge federal, state, and local laws and regulations under standards and in forums that would not be available under United States law.