According to the study published in the Lancet Oncology journal on Thursday, just six countries check and regulate the content of smokeless tobacco products while only 41 countries mandate pictorial health warnings on them.
Describing the extent of the policy implementation gap in smokeless tobacco (SLT) control, researchers stated that there are only a handful of public awareness campaigns on the harms associated with tobacco so far and only 16 countries have implemented a comprehensive ban on smokeless tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorships.
Globally, fewer smokeless tobacco users are advised to quit vis-à-vis smokers.
Professor Ravi Mehrotra, Director of the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (ICMR-NICPR) and the lead author of the paper, said that smokeless tobacco use as a public health concern requires a comprehensive approach to deal with the challenges identified in the paper. Read More