Friday, 31 October 2008 11:51 AM

Tobacco in Trade Agreement

Dear Editor,

Just to comment on the trade debate. Reading the two perspectives of Ma'ahanua and Vavala, one can conclude that the former is a diplomat/trade negotiator while the latter is a health professional. I can understand why Vavala made the stand because it is people like him (health professionals) who see patients endlessly suffering from the effects of tobacco and alcohol. If these regenerative (life style) diseases can be avoided in the first place, we would not have to use our limited health resources. I do hold very high regard for HE Ma'a'hanua , and I don't doubt his credibility and ability. I sincerely thank him for the explanation. But what I don't understand is the uneven playing ground and the power game played by these international institutions like WTO/GATT. To suggest that, take the deal (risk) now and fix it later is a bit unfair.

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