Washington Post said:
Pretty soon, if U.S. representatives negotiating a secretive trade deal get their way, tariffs on tobacco in poor Asian countries will sink to zero — and those countries will have a hard time protecting their citizens against a tidal wave of cheaper cigarettes.
Over several decades, the U.S. has relentlessly fought tobacco use. Anti-smoking ad campaigns, prominent warning labels, smoking bans and high taxes have had their desired effect: The smoking rate has been dropping for decades and this year reached a new lowof 18 percent among people over age 18.
Now, the U.S. is pushing to help tobacco companies find new customers overseas, by allowing them easier access to developing countries in Asia through a sweeping trade deal that would make it more difficult for countries to pass the kinds of laws that reduced smoking in the U.S.
Maybe somebody should remind these Gentlemen and Gentleladies that the Opium Wars was the beginning of the end of the British Empire? Same story, discouraged at home and exported to the "underdeveloped". And Britain lost its face all over the world.
All we learn from history is that politicians don't even know what it is (except that they will some day be in it).