Uruguay wins case against Philip Morris

July 11th 2016


The European Heart Network (EHN) hails the ruling in the case Philip Morris vs Uruguay - the tribunal recognises the right of the Uruguay government to put large pictorial warnings on cigarette packs.

In a decision by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, an arbitration panel of the World Bank, the right of the Uruguay government to judge how it can best protect the health of its population by addressing smoking was firmly established.

EHN welcomes the decision. We rejoice with Uruguay and take note of the tribunal’s ringing endorsement of a state’s right to regulate to protect public health.

“Countries around the world should now follow the examples of Uruguay, Australia, the EU and many of its member states, and introduce strong tobacco control measures in line with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its guidelines” says EHN Director Susanne Lá¸gstrup.


Click here to read the decision.