Parallel issues



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
  • 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…

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