Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Tobacco product regulation

Tobacco is one of the few openly available commercial products that is virtually unregulated in terms of its contents and emissions. At the same time, it is the only legally available product that kills up to one half of its regular users when consumed as recommended by its manufacturer.

Tobacco product regulation network of scientists

WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg)

To address the issue of product regulation, the Director-General established the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg) in 2003. The group, which includes leading scientists in the field, carries out research and drafts recommendations for WHO's Member States on the issue of establishing regulatory frameworks for the design and manufacture of tobacco products.

WHO Tobacco Laboratory Network (TobLabNet)

The WHO Tobacco Laboratory Network (TobLabNet) is a global network of government, academic, and independent laboratories aiming to strengthen national and regional capacity for the testing and research of the contents and emissions of tobacco products, in accordance with Article 9 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

The GTRF is a network of tobacco regulatory agencies from various jurisdictions serving as a community of practice for tobacco product regulation. It aims to: facilitate increased engagement among governments, health ministries and tobacco regulatory agencies from various jurisdictions; promote the sharing of guidance and tools for tobacco product regulation; and provide an opportunity for regulators to learn from one another and foster discussions for future initiatives and policy development.

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  • Tobacco threatens us all
    The brochure "Tobacco threatens us all", published for World No Tobacco Day 2017, describes how tobacco use has devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences.

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