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Indonesia seeks ruling from WTO on US clove-cigarette ban

Indonesia will ask the World Trade Organization on 22 June to rule on its complaint that a US ban on clove cigarettes aimed at preventing teenagers from starting to smoke is discriminatory.

The US FDA banned cigarettes with fruit, confectionery or clove flavours last September, arguing they were particularly attractive to children. But the US ban does not include menthol-flavoured cigarettes smoked by about 19 million Americans. Indonesia thinks the clove ban is unfair considering menthols are allowed.

(Source: Jakarta Globe)