Creating smoke-free places through the un convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

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In some high-, middle-, and low-income countries, law has been employed to limit individuals' secondhand smoke exposure. Innovative legal tools are still needed, especially in lowandmiddle- income countries where smoking prevalence continues to rise. For some persons with severe respiratory conditions, the presence of secondhand smoke is intolerable and prevents their entrance into restaurants and other venues. With its adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2006, the United Nations gave countries a new way to promote the rights of disabled individuals and simultaneously address secondhand smoke exposure. We analyze the CRPD's potential to advance tobacco control goals and offer recommendations for advocates, policymakers, and others seeking to apply this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1748-1753
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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