2011 Tobacco control Other Health-related issues

Committee on the Rights of the Child, Recommendation for Italy par. 53 and 54(2011)

Text of the recommendation

53. The Committee is deeply concerned at the increase in use of illicit drugs, in particular amphetamines, among adolescents in the State party. The Committee notes with concern that such drugs are often used to improve school performance and to fight depression. Further, the Committee is concerned at the high levels of alcohol consumption and tobacco use among children, and the negative influence of advertisements, through direct advertising or through the mass media in general.

54. The Committee, referring to its general comment No. 4, recommends that the State party take relevant measures to eliminate the use of illicit drugs by children, through communication programmes and campaigns, the provision of life-skills education to adolescents, and the training of teachers, social workers and other relevant officials. This must include programmes on promoting healthy lifestyles among adolescents to prevent the use of alcohol and tobacco and the enforcement of regulations on the advertising of such products to children. The Committee encourages the State party to present information on such efforts and data on the use of illicit drugs by children in its next periodic report to the Committee.


Committee on the Rights of the Child, Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention, CRC/C/ITA/CO/3-4 (2011). Par. 53 and 54. Available at: https://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2FPPRiCAqhKb7yhsunkTiY%2FvDoWjbtx8Nu6M%2Bz0Psu05thabEWNGU2k4jXahNgl29madiZIHIx4gKIDHE6nJYb5BciGDVCPGjGg3Z2eh%2FjMHIPcotTNVYjan3bA