Uruguay has won a landmark lawsuit against Philip Morris International, which was suing the South American country for its strict regulations on smoking in what was seen as a test case for the tobacco industry, reports Financial Times.

Uruguay has won a landmark lawsuit against Philip Morris International. The tobacco giant was suing the South American country for its strict regulations on smoking, in what was seen as a test case for the industry, reports Financial Times.

The court’s decision, published 1 July 2016, sets a precedent for other States looking at implementing mirroring legislation, while anti-tobacco campaigners are accusing Philip Morris of using litigation to scare others from following Uruguay’s example. 

“The attempts of the tobacco companies have been roundly rejected,” said Uruguay’s President Tabaré Vázquez. “It is not acceptable to prioritise commercial considerations over the fundamental right to health and life,” he added. 

More info on the FT website.