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Regulation of Emissions of Tobacco Products other than Cigarettes

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Objectives: To discuss product-wide implementation of WHO FCTC Article 9 by applying lessons learned from routine measurement of cigarettes to roll-your-own tobacco, cigars, water pipes, and snus. Methods: A qualitative review of existing peer-reviewed and grey literature from science, industry, and government was performed. Results: We recommend: (1) monitoring prevalence to decide whether the tobacco product is a priority for emission measurements; (2) using 2 machine regimens globally; (3) validating machine measurements with actual exposure; (4) optimizing collection of emission and exposure samples to ensure compound stability; (5) measuring compounds as provided by WHO FCTC and FDA for all tobacco products; (6) lowering compound concentration; (7) evaluating impact of harm reduction strategies with validated toxicity testing methods; and (8) regulating contents that influence attractiveness and addictiveness of tobacco products, as outlined in the new European Tobacco Product Directive. Conclusions: We provide basic principles for product-wide implementation of WHO FCTC Article 9 that serve as a basis for in-depth discussions per product class defining specific action plans towards regulation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 2015

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  • Tobacco Regulatory Science (Electronic ISSN 2333-9748) is a rigorously peer-reviewed online scientific journal for the dissemination of research relevant to the regulation of tobacco products. The journal content includes a broad array of research domains, including chemistry, biology, behavior, community, and population-level surveillance and epidemiology, as well as knowledge syntheses (eg, meta-analyses or state-of-the-art reviews) and analytic modeling. All articles describe the policy relevance of the research outcomes. Given the global nature of tobacco regulation, particularly as a result of international and national policies, Tobacco Regulatory Science publishes high quality research that is relevant to global regulatory needs and requirements. Tobacco Regulatory Science is published electronically 6 times per year.
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