1995 Food policy Tobacco control

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Recommendation #6 par. 35 (1995)

Text of the recommendation

35. Clearly, the growing number of chronic, degenerative diseases and the high hospitalization costs they involve cannot be dealt with only by curative treatment. In this regard, States parties should bear in mind that maintaining health into old age requires investments during the entire life-span, basically through the adoption of healthy lifestyles (food, exercise, elimination of tobacco and alcohol, etc.). Prevention, through regular checks suited to the needs of older persons, plays a decisive role, as does rehabilitation, by maintaining the functional capacities of older persons, with a resulting decrease in the cost of investments in health care and social services.


Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, GENERAL COMMENT NO. 6 - The economic, social and cultural rights of older persons, (1995). Par. 35. Available at: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=INT%2fCESCR%2fGEC%2f6429&Lang=en