March 24, 2016

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2016) – For the first time, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights takes up tobacco use as a human rights issue during a hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

The tobacco epidemic has become one of the world’s -and the Americas’- gravest public health concerns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one million people in the Americas die each year from tobacco use, while hundreds of millions more are at risk of tobacco-related diseases. Tobacco companies throughout the region continue to aggressively market cigarettes and interfere in tobacco control measures. The O’Neill Institute, ASH, and FIC Argentina will present to the commission about the harms of tobacco, industry interference, and the impact of tobacco marketing on targeted and vulnerable groups. The three organizations will recommend that the commission consider tobacco control as an important measure in pursuit of the highest attainable standard of health.


Hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: tobacco and the right to health in the Americas



Tuesday, April 5, 2016; 10:15 – 11:15 am

Interviews can be scheduled with the experts before and after the hearing.


GSB Building of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Padilha Vidal Room

1889 F. Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006


Media pre-registration is not necessary, but members of the press will be required to register prior to entering the OAS building.


This hearing is scheduled to be broadcast live via the IACHR website.







Written testimony from all participants will be posted April 5 at the following links:

O’Neill Institute/Cabrera

ASH/Bostic and Romeo-Stuppy

FIC/Schoj and Rios


O’Neill Institute: Karen Teber /

ASH: Megan Arendt /

FIC Argentina: Patricia Gutkowski/