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Human rights and ethical considerations for a tobacco-free generation
  1. Yvette van der Eijk1,
  2. Gerard Porter2
  1. 1Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
  2. 2School of Law, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Yvette van der Eijk, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, 10 Medical Drive 02-01, Singapore 117597, Singapore; y.vandereijk{at}


In recent years, a new tobacco ‘endgame’ has been proposed: the denial of tobacco sale to any citizen born after a certain year, thus creating new tobacco-free generations. The proposal would not directly affect current smokers, but would impose a restriction on potential future generations of smokers. This paper examines some key legal and ethical issues raised by this proposal, critically assessing how an obligation to protect human rights might limit or support a state's ability to phase out tobacco.

  • End game
  • Human rights
  • Prevention
  • Priority/special populations
  • Public policy
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