Non-Communicable Diseases explores the relevance of law to non-communicable diseases, which are now the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world.
Tobacco use is arguably one of the greatest public health threats facing the world today. If left unchecked, it will kill 1 billion people this century. The majority of these deaths will occur in developing countries. The O’Neill Institute is a leader in the effort to reduce global tobacco use. Our work is comprised of three main strategies: 1) researching the use of litigation as an approach for reducing tobacco use; 2) partnering with domestic and international organizations, drafting shadow reports to accompany States' Periodic Reports to human rights monitoring bodies; and 3) working with advocates in low-and middle-income countries to target rights-based and constitutional arguments to their specific cultural, economic, and political environments.