There are numerous other issues that provide legal or political precedent that can be applied to tobacco and human rights.


Environmental issues not directly relevant to tobacco
  • Localizing the Paris Agreement: A Guide for Local Government Action in Support of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution

    This guide explains how local governments can implement international environmenal agreements. Parallels can be drawn to human rights agreements that impact tobacco control.

    Read the guide here

  • Juliana v. U.S.

    2015 – Federal civil case brought by children against the government of the United States in order to protect their right to a healthy environment Read more…

  • Cleaning Up the Mess: Children's Rights and Environmental Protection

    A report discussing how the Committee on the Rights of the Child can tae action to help protect the environmental human rights of children Read more…

  • Climate Litigation against Companies: An Overview of Legal Arguments

    By early 2018, we tracked 14 climate lawsuits against fossil fuel companies around the world. Our 2018 Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefing Turning up the heat: Corporate legal accountability for climate change provides an in-depth analysis of these lawsuits and examines the opportunities and challenges for bringing such litigation. This briefing is intended to provide an overview of the specific legal arguments that lawyers have used to hold corporations accountable for climate harms.

    Many of these arguments could be used for tobacco litigation as well. Read the document here

Tobacco and the Environment

United Nations

  • Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs

    2013 – The NCD GAP includes a human rights based approach to addressing NCDs. There are several references to human rights and the right to health throughout the document. Read it here.

  • Political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

    2018 – The final document of the UN high level meeting on NCD’s contains several references to human rights, including a reference to the right to health in section 3. Read it here.


  • The ethical imperative to treat NCDs during research in Africa

    2019- Mzombwe, et al- As the rising prevalence and life-threatening consequences of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa have become more obvious, so too has the fact that many African health systems are ill-equipped to meet the health-care needs of local communities affected by NCDs. Read more

Food Marketing

  • A Child Rights Based Approach to Food Marketing

    A Child Rights-Based Approach to Food Marketing: A Guide for Policy Makers offers a legal analysis that links
    the WHO Recommendations with a human rights framework, particularly the Convention on the Rights
    of the Child. In this analysis, the CRC provides the foundation for a child rights-based approach to ending
    childhood obesity and the prevention of non-communicable diseases. Read it here

Beijing +25 Platform for Action

  • NGO Guidance for National Parallel Reports

    In preparation for Beijing + 25 in 2020, NGOs and civil society stakeholders must have their own
    independent process to report on progress made, challenges and recommendations. The purpose
    of these NGO Guidelines for Parallel Reports is to provide a common template for NGOs to use
    for country (city or state) reports. NGOs should adapt it to suit their local contexts and feel free to
    change it as needed. Although many questions are drawn from UN Women’s official Guidelines
    for governments, these are adapted to reflect NGO and civil society perspectives. Read it here