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The Universal Declaration of Rights of Smokers

The Universal Declaration of Rights of Smokers


Recognizing the inherent dignity and equal rights of all individuals as the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world, and acknowledging the specific challenges and discrimination faced by smokers globally, we hereby proclaim this Universal Declaration of Rights of Smokers as a common standard to promote respect, protect health, and ensure fairness.

Article 1: Right to Personal Autonomy Every individual has the right to make personal decisions regarding smoking, provided it does not infringe on the rights and well-being of others.

Article 2: Right to Non-Discrimination No person shall be discriminated against on the basis of their status as a smoker in any sphere of life, including employment, education, healthcare, housing, and public services.

Article 3: Right to Dignity and Personal Autonomy Every individual has the right to live with dignity and make personal decisions about smoking without facing judgment, coercion, or unwarranted interference.

Article 4: Right to Designated Smoking Areas Smokers have the right to access designated smoking areas that are safe, clean, and adequately ventilated, ensuring the well-being of both smokers and non-smokers.

Article 5: Right to Education and Information Every individual has the right to accurate and comprehensive education and information about the risks and benefits of smoking, enabling informed decision-making.

Article 6: Right to Health and Harm Reduction Every individual has the right to access health services, including smoking cessation programs and harm reduction strategies, to support their health and well-being.

Article 7: Right to Non-Stigmatization Society shall not stigmatize or marginalize individuals based on their smoking status. Efforts shall be made to promote understanding and respect for all individuals, regardless of their smoking habits.

Article 8: Right to Privacy The privacy of individuals regarding their smoking status and habits shall be respected and protected.

Article 9: Right to Fair Regulation Regulations concerning smoking shall be fair, evidence-based, and designed to protect public health without unduly infringing on personal freedoms.

Article 10: Right to Advocacy and Participation Smokers have the right to participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and regulations that affect their lives, and to advocate for their rights and interests.

Article 11: Right to Redress Every person shall have access to justice and effective remedies for violations of their rights related to smoking, including protection from unfair treatment and discrimination.

Article 12: Right to Cultural Consideration The cultural and historical significance of smoking in various societies shall be recognized and respected in the development and implementation of smoking-related policies.

Article 13: Duty to Promote Balance and Inclusion States and societies have a duty to promote a balanced approach that includes the rights and needs of smokers while ensuring public health and safety.

Article 14: Implementation and Monitoring Mechanisms shall be established for the implementation and monitoring of these rights, ensuring accountability and protection for smokers.

This declaration serves as a foundational document to ensure that smokers' rights are respected and protected while promoting public health and mutual respect. Further refinement through consultation with smokers, health experts, and human rights advocates is encouraged to comprehensively address the needs and rights of smokers.

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