227135 Human rights based approach to tobacco control

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Carolyn Dresler, MD, MPA , Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock, AR
Harry A. Lando, PhD , Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
D. Douglas Blanke, JD, NGS , Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, MN
The Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network is a new global coalition of constituents committed to the human rights based approach(HRBA) to tobacco control. After two initial meetings in the USA sponsored by the University of Minnesota, it became clearly evident that the HRBA to tobacco control is predominantly an ex-USA issue and therefore needed to become a global movement. Subsequent meetings occurred in Lausanne, Switzerland, Mumbai, India and Geneva, Switzerland at WHO headquarters. Partners represented tobacco control, legal advocates, human rights practitioners and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. This new HRTCN has significantly broadened the opportunity for partnerships from diverse human rights groups and is a mechanism that is able to provide legal remedies to numerous tobacco control issues. The Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the first public health treaty created, and is based on human rights principles and Conventions. Through the Conventions, from which the FCTC was developed, there are numerous Articles that delineate the various human rights that can be directly implicated in tobacco control. The most prominent of these human rights is the Right to Health as described in the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights a convention to which the overwhelming majority of countries have ratified. The HRBA to tobacco control provides a novel tool one which has the potential of legal remedy for human rights abuses.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate the direct interplay between human rights, human rights law and tobacco control. 2. Describe the pertinent human rights conventions and their applicability to tobacco control 3. Discuss the implementation of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control in the context of a human rights based approach.

Keywords: Human Rights, Tobacco Control

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: because I am a published author in peer reviewed literature in this novel area, and am co-founder of HRTCN - Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network; and have an international reputation in the area of tobacco control and human rights.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.