Human Rights and Tobacco Control

Elgar Studies in Health and the Law

Edited by Marie Elske Gispen, Fellow and Brigit Toebes, Professor of Health Law in a Global Context, Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre, Department of Transboundary Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Large-scale adverse health and developmental outcomes related to tobacco affect millions of people across the world, raising serious questions from a human rights perspective. In response to this crisis, this timely book provides a comprehensive analysis of the promotion and enforcement of human rights protection in tobacco control law and policy at international, regional, and domestic levels.

This book was realised with funding from the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF).

‘Marie Elske Gispen and Brigit Toebes have written a book of worldwide importance and impact. Tobacco is still the leading preventable cause of death globally. Big Tobacco poses a major threat to the right to health. Using a human rights lens, Gispen and Toebes powerfully show how human flourishing demands bold action on tobacco control. The authors are thought leaders globally on health and human rights. Their book is both a superb work of scholarship and a call to action for public health and human rights scholars and advocates everywhere.’
– Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown University, US

‘Human rights law, at international, regional and national levels, offers important concepts and processes for strengthening tobacco control. Understanding this, the tobacco industry has also sought to co-opt human rights laws and concepts to serve its economic interests. The importance of human rights law to tobacco control is not well understood, which is why this book – convening the leading experts in this emerging field – is such a welcome and important contribution.’
– Roger Magnusson, The University of Sydney, Australia

‘A well conceptualized and comprehensive volume on a key issue of our time. Varied in their approach to the topic, the pieces brought together here move from the global to the regional to the national, highlighting the interplay between legal systems, and show how human rights-based approaches to tobacco can support specific measures and actions. Illustrating not only how tobacco can be understood as a human rights concern but where human rights arguments fall short, this book shows how critical attention to ethical, normative and legal arguments may move us forward not only in rhetorical but actionable ways.’
– Sofia Gruskin, University of Southern California, US

2020 320 pp Hardback 978 1 78897 481 3 £100.00 £90.00 $145.00 $130.50

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