There are numerous other issues that provide legal or political precedent that can be applied to tobacco and human rights.
Environmental Issues that are Indirectly Relevant to Tobacco
Climate Litigation against Companies: An Overview of Legal Arguments
2018- The Business and Human Rights Resource Center tracked 14 climate lawsuits against fossil fuel companies around the world. Their 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.
Localizing the Paris Agreement: A Guide for Local Government Action in Support of the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution
2017- This guide explains how local governments can implement international environmental agreements. Parallels can be drawn to human rights agreements that impact tobacco control.
Cleaning Up the Mess: Children's Rights and Environmental Protection
2015- Federal civil case brought by children against the government of the United States in order to protect their right to a healthy environment
Tobacco and the Environment
The Environmental Externalities of Tobacco Manufacturing: A Review of Tobacco Industry Reporting
2019- The first article to analyze publicly available industry data on tobacco manufacturing pollution. Conclusions suggest the tobacco industry is a driver of environmental degradation influencing climate change and hindering progress to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Political Declaration of the Third High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs
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.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The Sustainable Development Goals
2015– The Sustainable Development Goals are based on a human rights framework, with Goal 3 being specifically focused on health. There is a specific tobacco target (target 3.A) that require countries to strengthen implementation of the FCTC.
The Ethical Imperative to Treat NCDs During Research in Africa
2019- 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 (Mzombwe, et al). Read the article.
2019- 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.