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Monday, 26 June 2017 09:23

Tobacco Production and Marketing Violates Basic Human Rights

The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) used a rights-based approach to assess tobacco production and marketing. “Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) approached the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), a quasi-state body, last year to collaborate on a “human rights implementation plan” for PMI. The DIHR was given access to the corporation

to assess PMI’s value chain. Following DIHR’s completion of their work, they concluded: “Tobacco is deeply harmful to human health, and there can be no doubt that the production and marketing of tobacco is irreconcilable with the human right to health. For the tobacco industry, the [United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights] therefore require the cessation of the production and marketing of tobacco.”
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