Expert group meeting on smokeless tobacco control and cessation : New Delhi, India, 16-17 August 2011
AbstractSmokeless tobacco consumption in the South-East Asia Region is a growing threat to health. The region is a hub for smokeless tobacco production and use. This category of tobacco product is manufactured in various forms. The diversity of these tobacco products, their availability and affordability make them obvious alternatives to the relatively more expensive cigarettes. However, the dangers and risks associated with smokeless tobacco are not well understood by the population. Smokeless tobacco is not perceived as an urgent threat in many of the Member countries and consequently, tobacco control efforts for this type of tobacco use are not intense. The tobacco control agenda needs to keep up the pressure and apply a wider approach and holistic strategies to address this issue. To this end, the "Expert Group Meeting on Smokeless Tobacco Control and Cessation" was convened in New Delhi, India, on 16-17 August 2011. The meeting allowed experts to share information, identify the next steps on smokeless tobacco control and cessation, and provide inputs to a policy paper to be published later. This report compiles the issues faced by Member States concerning smokeless tobacco and provides recommendations to policy-makers and stakeholders.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Expert group meeting on smokeless tobacco control and cessation : New Delhi, India, 16-17 August 2011. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205054