Enhancing tobacco control and business accountability: The potential of the EU Due Diligence Directive
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University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy
Publication date: 2023-10-08
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Grazia Scocca   

University of Salerno, Fisciano, Italy
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement 2):A25
This abstract examines the potential of the EU due diligence directive in contributing to tobacco control policies and enhancing the right to health for EU citizens. The implementation of mandatory due diligence measures plays a crucial role in holding businesses accountable for their impact on environmental and human rights issues. The tobacco industry, in particular, requires rigorous scrutiny due to its detrimental effects on public health. By incorporating the EU due diligence directive, the tobacco control policies can be strengthened, ensuring that tobacco companies operate responsibly and transparently. The directive serves as a framework for tobacco businesses to assess and manage the social, environmental, and health risks associated with their operations, supply chains, and products. It enables the identification and prevention of practices that compromise the right to health as well as the right to a healthy environment, promoting greater transparency and accountability within the industry. Furthermore, the directive provides a platform for collaboration between governments, civil society organizations, and tobacco companies to collectively address the challenges posed by tobacco use. The integration of the EU due diligence directive into tobacco control policies offers multiple benefits. It facilitates the enforcement of stricter regulations and encourages the adoption of evidence-based measures to reduce tobacco consumption. By emphasizing business accountability, the directive supports the protection of EU citizens' right to health by curbing tobacco-related harms. Additionally, it promotes the dissemination of information and awareness campaigns to educate the public about the risks associated with tobacco use. In conclusion, the EU due diligence directive has the potential to significantly impact tobacco control policies, enhancing the right to health for EU citizens. The integration of due diligence measures paves the way for a healthier and more informed society, promoting the well-being of EU citizens.
The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
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