International Conference on Advancing Knowledge on Regulating Tobacco Products on 9-11 February 2000 in Oslo, Norway
One of the first steps in advancing WHO's consideration of product regulation issues was taken with the convening of the International Conference on Advancing Knowledge on Regulating Tobacco Products on 9-11 February 2000 in Oslo, Norway. WHO convened this Conference with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Tobacco products are the only legally available products which kill, when used as intended, up to one half of its users. Yet the product itself is virtually unregulated. As our knowledge of tobacco products increases, countries have begun to recognize the need for increased regulation. Cigarettes are highly engineered consumer products, and WHO called upon international food and drug regulators to bring cigarettes and other tobacco industry products under the same type of regulatory frameworks as other drugs.