Tobacco product regulation: building laboratory testing capacity

WHO has launched new guidance on tobacco product regulation in response to the need for clear, practical advice on building laboratory testing capacity. The “Tobacco product regulation: Building laboratory testing capacity”, launched during the 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, provides practical, stepwise approaches to implementing tobacco testing. Such guidance is relevant to a wide range of countries in various settings, even those with inadequate resources to establish a testing facility. Tobacco use is a global health burden. However, despite the devastating effects of tobacco use, only a handful of countries currently regulate tobacco products, including on how the product is made, the contents of the product and emissions from tobacco products during us, to which users and bystanders can be exposed.