WHO TobReg: report on the scientific basis of tobacco product regulation: 6th report of a WHO study group
WHO Technical report series, n. 1001
The WHO announces the sixth volume of the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg) Technical Report Series on the Scientific Basis of Tobacco Product Regulation. This WHO Technical Report Series makes available the findings of an international group of experts that provide WHO with the latest scientific and technical advice in the area of product regulation.
This sixth report presents the conclusions reached and recommendations made by the members of the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg) at its 8th meeting, in December 2015, during which it reviewed the background papers specially commissioned for the meeting and which dealt, respectively, with the following six themes.
- Cigarette characteristics and design features.
- Possible application of WHO Tobacco Laboratory Network standard operating procedures to evaluation of electronic nicotine delivery systems.
- Waterpipe toxicant content and emissions.
- Applicability and adaptability of the WHO Tobacco Laboratory Network standard operating procedures for cigarettes to waterpipe tobacco.
- Toxic contents and emissions of smokeless tobacco products.
- Applicability or adaptability of standard operating procedures for nicotine, tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines and benzo[a]pyrene in cigarette contents and emissions to tobacco products other than cigarettes, particularly smokeless tobacco products.
The Study Group’s recommendations in relation to each theme are set out at the end of the section dealing with that theme; its overall recommendations are summarized in Chapter 8.
The Study Group intends this new set of recommendations to be useful to WHO Member States and national policymakers and regulators in shaping tobacco control policy.