This section is designed to be the starting point for advocates new to the nexus between tobacco control and human rights. These resources are intended to give a short overview. If you are interested in learning more, you can find in depth resources on our Learning Resources page.


Watch a video produced by ASH with our colleagues that explains briefly why tobacco is a human rights violation and what advocates can do!

Linking Tobacco and Human Rights

  • ASH Human Rights Resource Guide

    ASH put together this resource as a guide for advocates that would like to get involved in human rights reporting at the national level. It provides an overview of how to report to human rights treaty bodies and the Universal Periodic Review Read more in English. (Japanese Translation of Resource Guide)

  • ASH's Tobacco and Human Rights Primer

    2018 – This document is intended as broad overview of tobacco and human rights, but contains many relevant references and information. This is a great starting point for advocates new to this area. Read the Primer in English. (Japanese Translation of the Primer)

  • Statement from the Danish Institute for Human Rights

    2017 – After conducting a “Human Rights audit” of Philip Morris International, the Danish Institute on Human Rights (DIHR) came to the conclusion that Tobacco is deeply harmful to human health, and there can be no doubt that the production and marketing of tobacco is irreconcilable with the human right to health.”  

    Read their full statement.

    Read ASH’s response.

  • Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-Free World

    2018 – In May 2018, 163 organizations from all World Health Organization regions announced their support for the Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and Tobacco-Free World. The Cape Town Declaration, drafted by ASH and our allies, clearly links tobacco and human rights and issues several calls to action to achieve a tobacco-free world. Variations on this document were subsequently adopted by conferences in Cape Town, Madrid and Bali.

    Read the Cape Town Declaration here.