Tobacco products are products made entirely or partly of leaf tobacco as raw material, which are intended to be smoked, sucked, chewed or snuffed. All contain the highly addictive psychoactive ingredient, nicotine.
Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. Despite this, it is common throughout the world. A number of countries have legislation restricting tobacco advertising, and regulating who can buy and use tobacco products, and where people can smoke.
WHO programme and activities
- Article 13 of the WHO FCTC: tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
- WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
- Confronting the tobacco epidemic in a new era of trade and investment liberalization
- WHO technical manual on tobacco tax administration