Human Rights and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Mutually Reinforcing Systems

International Journal of Law in Context, 7,3 pp. 285–303 (2011) Cambridge University Press, doi:10.1017/S1744552311000139

Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-060

20 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2012 Last revised: 25 May 2012

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Oscar A. Cabrera

Georgetown University - Law Center; Georgetown University - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown University - Law Center - O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Date Written: April 23, 2012

Abstract

This article explores the connection between human rights and tobacco control, and in particular, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). We address rights-based arguments used by the tobacco industry to argue against tobacco regulation. We demonstrate the weakness of these arguments, and that tobacco control and human rights are, in fact, not in conflict, but are mutually reinforcing. We also offer counter-arguments in favour of tobacco regulation based on international human rights obligations. Moreover, we argue that international human rights law and human rights bodies can provide tobacco control advocates with avenues for international monitoring and enforceability, which are lacking in the FCTC.

Keywords: FCTC, Tobacco Control, Human Rights

Suggested Citation

Cabrera, Oscar A. and Gostin, Lawrence O., Human Rights and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Mutually Reinforcing Systems (April 23, 2012). International Journal of Law in Context, 7,3 pp. 285–303 (2011) Cambridge University Press, doi:10.1017/S1744552311000139, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-060, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2044796

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