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Japan Tobacco sues Thailand over proposed larger cigarette warning labels

The company claims the rule violates the Thai constitution’s right to free expression

The biggest listed cigarette maker in Asia, Japan Tobacco Inc., said today that it filed a lawsuit against the government of Thailand on June 19, combatting Thailand’s intention to require larger health warnings on cigarette packaging, Bloomberg reports. Sounds similar to a squabble we’ve been having in the U.S….

In April, the Thai government revealed its plan, which would give 85 percent of cigarette packaging over to graphic health warnings, as opposed to current packages, of which 55 percent is covered by warnings.

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