Smokeless tobacco products flying under the radar of regulation in many countries

Smokeless tobacco products are addictive and cause cancer, yet only a few countries have adequate policies to regulate them. As a result, the global efforts to control smokeless tobacco use are lagging behind the progress made in curbing cigarette consumption.

Smokeless tobacco refers to tobacco products that are taken orally or snorted. Across the globe, these products vary in their composition and health risks. Some of the most addictive and lethal products are particularly popular in Asia and Africa. Mostly unregulated, they include chewing tobacco (for example, gutkha, khaini or zarda), snus (which is placed under the top lip) and snuff. Read More

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