Table 1

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (adopted 20 November 1989)

Umbrella norms in the context of children and tobacco control
Type of normProvisionContentRelevant legal text
 GeneralArticle 3Best interest of the child‘In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.’ Article 3
 Individual rightArticle 24highest attainable standard of health‘States Parties recognise the right of the child to the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health (…) States Parties shall pursue full implementation of this right and, in particular, shall take appropriate measures … to develop preventive healthcare.’ Article 24(1)(2 .f)
Other rights relevant to children’s rights and tobacco control
Type of normProvisionContent
Individual rightArticle 6Life, survival and development
Article 17Information
Article 18Government support for parental responsibility to protect best interest of the child
Article 19Protection against, among others, neglect
Article 27Adequate standard of living
Article 33Protection against illicit drug use
Article 36Protection against exploitation