Tobacco Industry Marketing: A Violation of Human Rights in Latin America

Vol. 44 No. 2


Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy is a staff attorney with Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), an organization in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area that works “to end the worldwide disease, damage and death caused by tobacco.”

Many people, particularly in the United States, are convinced that tobacco is a problem of the past. Unfortunately, that is far from true. Tobacco products still kill more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined. Left unchecked, tobacco use will kill 1 billion people this century. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on all countries to take urgent action to reduce smoking. According to the WHO, unless such action is taken, the number of deaths will rise to 8 million annually by 2030. In addition to the staggering damage to life and health, tobacco use is a significant drain on economies and development. The United Nations Development Programme has warned that tobacco use alone costs the world one to two percent of its GDP each year.

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