A Missing Voice: The Human Rights of Children to a Tobacco-Free Environment

Tobacco Control, DOI:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-053657, Published Online First: 12 July 2017

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 16/2017

5 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2017 Last revised: 22 Nov 2017

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Brigit Toebes

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Marie Elske Gispen

University of Groningen Faculty of Law

Jasper Been

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Aziz Sheikh

University of Edinburgh - Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

Date Written: July 12, 2017

Abstract

In this commentary, we flag the importance of taking a child-rights approach in the context of tobacco control, which is thus far unprecedented. This text was written in response to the Seventh Conference of States Parties of WHOs Framework Convention on Tobacco Control held in India from 7 to 12 November 2016. While the links between tobacco control and human rights were emphasised at this conference, a child-rights approach was missing. We argue that this novel angle provides important legal tools to protect the health and well-being of children. Because children are seen as ’replacement smokers’ by the tobacco industry, protecting children in this context is key to haltering the devastating effects of tobacco use and exposure worldwide.

Keywords: Tobacco Control, Human Rights, Right to Health, Best Interest of the Child

JEL Classification: K

Suggested Citation

Toebes, Brigit and Gispen, Marie Elske and Been, Jasper and Sheikh, Aziz, A Missing Voice: The Human Rights of Children to a Tobacco-Free Environment (July 12, 2017). Tobacco Control, DOI:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-053657, Published Online First: 12 July 2017, University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 16/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3006085

Brigit Toebes (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

9700 AH Groningen
Netherlands

Marie Elske Gispen

University of Groningen Faculty of Law ( email )

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

Jasper Been

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Aziz Sheikh

University of Edinburgh - Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research ( email )

Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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