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 programmes and activities
- Illegal trade of tobacco products: What you should know to stop it
- Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
- WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015
- WHO global report on trends in tobacco smoking 2000-2025
- Training for tobacco quit line counsellors: telephone counselling