Smokeless tobacco out of tax net, health warnings in many countries

Study in Lancet Oncology highlights gaps in smokeless tobacco control; says its not taxed in many countries, health warnings often not enforced
A paper published today in Lancet Oncology describes the extent of the policy implementation gap in smokeless tobacco (SLT) control – for India smokeless tobacco is a major problem.

Professor Ravi Mehrotra, Director of the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (ICMR-NICPR), India and the lead author of the paper said “Smokeless tobacco use as a public health concern requires a comprehensive approach to deal with the challenges identified in the paper. In this regard, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Global Knowledge Hub on Smokeless Tobacco ( at ICMR-NICPR is committed to assisting all countries in implementing the key recommendations from the paper.” Read More

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