FCTC consistent with human rights – article

17 Nov 2011

The article also discusses the legal challenge by Philip Morris International against Uruguay’s tobacco control laws at the International Centre for Settlement for Investment Disputes.

"Not only is it alarming that the tobacco industry would challenge a sovereign state’s public health regulations (which are in fact mandated under international human rights law as well as the FCTC), but also that PMI would challenge a developing country such as Uruguay.”

Yet, the article concludes, “Courts all over the world are moving towards recognising the link between human rights and tobacco control, and are deciding cases in favour of tobacco control laws over industry interests”.

“Importantly, there is also growing international support that would push states to make this connection."

Article abstract


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