Tuberculosis (TB)

Tuberculosis and tobacco

Efforts to control two related global epidemics

A WHO/The Union monograph on TB and tobacco control

Associations between tobacco use and tuberculosis (TB) outcomes have long been suspected but until recently the predominant view was that existing studies were not adequate to provide confirmation of any link. However, more recent studies and some recent reviews of existing studies have seemed to provide a better-evidenced link between active and passive tobacco smoking and a range of TB outcomes including infection, response to treatment, relapse rates and mortality.