Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Advisory note: waterpipe tobacco smoking: health effects, research needs and recommended actions for regulators - 2nd edition


Publication details

Number of pages: 66
Publication date: 2015
Languages: Chinese, English, Portuguese
ISBN: 978 92 4 150846 9



After 10 years of accumulating evidence for the increasing prevalence and untoward health effects of waterpipe tobacco smoking, the World Health Organization announces publication of the second edition of the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation scientific advisory note on waterpipe tobacco smoking. This advisory note addresses growing concern about the increasing prevalence and potential health effects of tobacco smoking with waterpipes, a practice that dates back at least four centuries in Africa and Asia. The note will provide a more thorough understanding of the health effects of waterpipe smoking for WHO Member States and research agencies. The note is issued in response to the request made to WHO by the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control at its sixth session, in Moscow, Russian Federation, in October 2014.

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  • The Portuguese version published by the Brazilian National Cancer Institute
  • The Chinese version is published by the China Science Publishing & Media Ltd. (‎Science Press)‎