Professor Gerry Stimson speaks about THR and human rights.
‘Promoting our rights’ is a good sentiment. We all value human rights and freedoms, including the freedoms of thought and expression, the right to an education, the right to a private life, and the right not to be mistreated or wrongly punished by the state.
But what does it mean when we say that access to safer nicotine products is a human right? What does it mean when we say that tobacco harm reduction is justified under the right to health? Is there a basis for this claim, and if so, how can it be realised in practice? And what are the implications for people who want to use safer alternatives to smoking?