Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Tobacco product regulation

  • Report: Consultation on Tobacco Addictiveness Reduction Measures
    On 15-16 May 2018, WHO and the and the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) conducted a face-to-face meeting on Tobacco Addictiveness Reduction Measures in Berlin, Germany, in accordance with Decision FCTC/COP7 (14). The main purpose of the meeting was to consider the current and emerging knowledge base, and to explore the potential benefits and challenges of developing and implementing regulatory interventions to reduce the addictiveness of tobacco products, in particular the conditions that would support or impede success in doing so.
  • Tobacco product regulation: basic handbook
    The “Tobacco product regulation: basic handbook” provides a basic reference document for non-scientist regulators in any country and serves as a tool for health authorities and other interested parties seeking resources and planning on how to monitor, evaluate, and regulate tobacco products. Further, the handbook includes relevant country case studies detailing specific approaches enacted globally.
  • Heated tobacco products (HTPs) market monitoring information sheet
    The information sheet on the market monitoring of heated tobacco products (HTPs) provides information on how HTPs are marketed in the countries where they are available on the market and the marketing strategies adopted by manufacturers to extend their reach to other markets.

  • Tobacco product regulation: building laboratory testing capacity
    Practical approaches to implementing tobacco testing, relevant even to countries with inadequate resources to establish a testing facility. It will guide decision making on how to test tobacco products, what products to test, and the use of testing data in a meaningful way. It also provides guidance on developing a testing laboratory, using an existing internal laboratory, or contracting an external laboratory.
  • Heated tobacco products (HTPs) information sheet
    Topic: Heated tobacco products are tobacco products that produce aerosols containing nicotine and other chemicals, which are inhaled by users, through the mouth. They contain the highly addictive substance nicotine (contained in the tobacco), which makes HTPs addictive. They also contain non-tobacco additives, and are often flavoured. HTPs mimic the behaviour of smoking conventional cigarettes, and some make use of specifically designed cigarettes to contain the tobacco for heating.
  • Advisory note: banning menthol in tobacco products
    Topics: This advisory note on menthol synthesizes recent studies on the prevalence and health effects of menthol in tobacco products. It provides evidence-based conclusions and recommendations for policy-makers and regulators, including a ban on menthol (and its analogues, derivatives and precursors) in cigarettes.
  • Advisory note: global nicotine reduction strategy
    Topics: This advisory note presents the conclusions and recommendations of the members of the WHO TobReg on a policy for limiting the sale of cigarettes to brands with a nicotine content that is not sufficient to lead to the development and/or maintenance of addiction.
  • Fact sheet: waterpipe tobacco smoking & health
    Topics: The waterpipe tobacco smoking and health fact sheet is adapted from the second edition of the WHO Advisory Note on waterpipe tobacco smoking: health effects, research needs and recommended actions for regulators.






  • Evolution of the tobacco industry positions on addiction to nicotine
    This report, based on internal industry documents and the companies' public pronouncements, describes how the social, scientific and judicial climate forced the change. It shows as well that the industry still puts the responsibility of addiction and harm on the smoker.
  • Report on bidi smoking and public health
    This report is an analysis and synthesis of the latest information from India and the United States and serves as a resource authority on this increasingly prevalent form of smoking.