Human rights and Non-Communicable Diseases: Controlling Tobacco and Promoting Healthy Diets

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This chapter explores how human rights principles, standards, and mechanisms can be applied to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are now responsible for the vast majority of deaths worldwide. There is widespread recognition that four behavioral risk factors are at the root of the major NCDs: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, lack of physical exercise, and the harmful use of alcohol. It is widely understood that law and policy measures, including bans and price measures, are important tools for implementing structural and risk avoidance strategies and for changing unhealthy behaviors. Human rights scholars and practitioners increasingly emphasize the human rights dimensions of the NCD pandemic as a basis to develop laws and policies to address risk factors and prevent disease. This chapter outlines the current human rights dimensions and approaches to risk factors and suggests opportunities to strengthen legal obligations to respond to NCDs, with an emphasis on controlling tobacco and promoting healthy diets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFoundations of Global Health & Human Rights
EditorsLawrence O. Gostin, Benjamin Mason Meier
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780197528334
ISBN (Print)9780197528297, 9780197528303
Publication statusPublished - 30-Sep-2020

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