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A chilling example? Uruguay, Phillip Morris International, and WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Russell, A.J.; Wainwright, M.; Mamudu, H.M.

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H.M. Mamudu



Abstract

The World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the first international public health treaty to address the global spread of tobacco products. Ethnographic research at the fourth meeting of the FCTC's Conference of the Parties in Uruguay highlights the role of the FCTC in recalibrating the relationship between international trade and investment agreements and those of global public health. Specifically, we chart the origins and development of the Punta del Este Declaration, tabled by Uruguay at the conference, to counter a legal request by Philip Morris International, the world's largest tobacco transnational, for arbitration by the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes over Uruguay's alleged violations of several international trade and investment treaties. We argue that medical anthropologists should give greater consideration to global health governance and diplomacy as a potential counterweight to the ‘politics of resignation’ associated with corporate capitalism.

Citation

Russell, A., Wainwright, M., & Mamudu, H. (2015). A chilling example? Uruguay, Phillip Morris International, and WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 29(2), 256-277. https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12141

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 3, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 20, 2014
Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 30, 2014
Publicly Available Date Oct 29, 2015
Journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly
Print ISSN 0745-5194
Electronic ISSN 1548-1387
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 2
Pages 256-277
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/maq.12141
Keywords Tobacco control, Uruguay, Global health diplomacy, Politics of resignation.

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