WTO Finds US Clove Cigarette Ban 'Legitimate'

Law360, New York (September 2, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT) -- A World Trade Organization panel found Friday that a U.S. ban on clove cigarettes flouted some international trade rules, but rejected Indonesia's claim that the measure aimed at reducing youth smoking was unnecessary.

The panel said in a report that while the law was discriminatory because it banned clove but not menthol-flavored cigarettes, it was not unnecessary. As such, the panel concluded by requesting that the U.S. bring the regulation in line with trade rules.

The ban, which was enacted in 2009 to curb cigarette marketing...
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